Train. Don’t Try.

Too often, we “try to do better” in an area of life. The problem is that trying won’t get us any closer to our goals. Only training will do that.

Let me explain. If you want to run a marathon (26.2 miles), “trying” will not get you there. If you woke up every morning and tried to run 26.2 miles, you’d fail at it every time you tried.

However, if you woke up each morning and trained to run a marathon by following a strict diet, an exercise program, a running schedule, and a recovery schedule, almost anyone will have the ability to successfully complete a marathon. That’s the difference between training and trying.

Unfortunately, most people simply try. Maybe that’s what you’ve done. You wanted to lose weight so you tried to exercise and diet, but it didn’t stick. Perhaps you wanted to quit smoking so you tried and failed. Then there are those of you who have tried to figure out how to create a better marriage with no success. Others have tried to get out of debt but can’t seem to. Still others have tried to start a business.

The answer isn’t to try again. The answer is to train for what you want.

Training requires a plan of action. Training requires commitment to the plan. Training requires a shift in your mindset. Training requires accountability. Training requires expert help.

If you really want what you say you want, train – don’t try.

Question: What area of your life do you most want to change and have you been training or just trying in that area?

(Hat tip: Pete Wilson for the title.)