As we’ve spoken about before, consistency is king in this game. The accumulation of sessions is what yields long-term results. The most important thing is simply showing up. It’s less important what you do or how hard you work. In saying that, there’s going to be times where you can’t be bothered. We all go through it – it doesn’t matter if you’re an elite athlete or Joe Shmoe down the street – you’re going to feel this way at some point. So it’s handy to have a few ways to deal with it. One way, is the 2 minute drill: Next time this feeling pops up and you’re searching for every excuse to miss training, tell yourself this – ‘I’m just going to do X for 2 minutes’.
By doing so, you break your end goal – completing the training session – down into something small and manageable. You could do just about anything for 2 minutes. If you start to think about the session in its entirety i.e. the 10km run, the time it’s going to take, and the exhaustion you’re going to feel; or the 10 minute ice bath, the extreme cold and the discomfort you’re going to endure. It becomes overwhelming and you skip it entirely. On the other hand, if you start the session by thinking – ‘I’m just going to run up the street or I’m only staying in the cold tub for 2 minutes’ – once that 2 minutes is up, you’ll find yourself eager to keep going. You’ll be happy you started. And you’ll end up completing the 10km run or the 10 minute ice bath. We don’t regret the training sessions we do. We regret the ones we skip. If training is not so much of a problem for you, then you might want to try this for stretching or foam rolling – relate it to nutrition or to meditating – use it for reading or studying. Find an area you want to improve and focus purely on the first 2 minutes. Often getting started – just showing up – is the hardest part of the session. If you can do that then you’re well on our way to completing it and ticking off another days training. #one22