KB#32 - Why Would This Fail?

knowledge bomb newsletter mindset mindset advice Sep 15, 2023

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This past weekend, I was soaking up the vibes in Brighton, diving deep into the International Fitness Summit. I got to share my two cents on content creation and sprinkle some secrets for a life that's both healthier and happier.

While my schedule was jam-packed (you know how these things go), I did manage to snag a front-row seat to an incredible chat between Chris Williamson of Modern Wisdom and Steven Bartlett from The Diary of a CEO.

And, oh boy, did my notepad get a workout!

I've distilled that goldmine of a conversation into some killer action points for your Body, Brain, and Business.

Ready to dive in? Let's roll...


Why would this Fail?

So the kids are well and truly back to school and you're about to embark on a new fitness journey.

You've got the new kicks, the shiny gym membership, and you’ve saved a bunch of motivational quotes on Instagram.

But hold up! Before you dive headfirst into this new world of sweat and gains, I've got a question for you:

"Why would this fail?"

Sounds negative, right? But stick with me here.

Imagine you're about to launch a rocket to the moon.

You wouldn’t just slap it together, cross your fingers, and hope for the best.

No, you’d meticulously plan for every possible hiccup, error, and mishap.

So why not do the same for your fitness journey?

By asking yourself, "Why would this fail?" you're not being a Debbie Downer. You're being a Smart Sally.

You're preemptively identifying all the pitfalls that could trip you up.

Think about it:

  • Maybe you're planning to hit the gym seven days a week. It sounds ambitious, but is it realistic? Or are you setting yourself up for burnout?
  • Thinking of slashing your calories to an all-time low? You might lose weight fast, but will you have the energy to sustain your workouts? And what happens when you inevitably binge because you're starving?
  • Love your weekend drinks with the pals? Will it hinder your progress if you continue chugging down those beers like there's no tomorrow?

You're giving yourself a roadmap to success by identifying these potential roadblocks.

You're not just hoping for the best but planning for it.

So, grab a pen and paper before you start your next fitness regime.

List down all the reasons it might fail. Then, next to each reason, jot down a solution.

For instance:

Problem: I love my weekend drinks.

Solution: Limit myself to two drinks and opt for lower-calorie options.

This simple exercise could be the game-changer you've been looking for.

By preparing for failure, you're setting yourself up for success.

Remember, it's not about being perfect. It's about being prepared.

So, ask the tough questions, plan, and then go crush those fitness goals!


The Different Types of Decision-Making

Have you ever stood on the edge of a diving board, hesitating to jump because you're unsure if the water's too cold?

That's kinda like decision-making in life.

We all stand there, toes curled over the edge, wondering if we should take the plunge.

But here's a little secret sauce I want to share with you: Not all decisions are created equal.

There are two main types: Type One and Type Two.

Understanding the difference can be a game-changer.

Type One Decision: This is the tattoo of decisions. Once you get it, it's there for good. It's permanent. No take-backs. Think of it like marrying without the option of divorce.

Type Two Decision: This is like trying a new haircut. If you don't like it? It grows back, or you can change it up. It's non-permanent. You can pivot, reverse, or tweak.

One of the biggest traps we fall into? Treating every decision like it's a Type One. Yikes!

Take a real-world example: Quitting your job to chase your passion. Sounds scary, right? Most people freeze up, thinking, "What if I can't go back?"

They treat it like a Type One decision. But here's the twist: It's often a Type Two.

You can always find another job if your passion project crashes and burns (which we hope it doesn't).

Heck, maybe even a better one with a fatter paycheck!

Remember this golden nugget: "100% certainty is only available in hindsight."

You'll only know if a decision was right by diving in and giving it your all.

So next time you're wobbling on that decision-making diving board, ask yourself:

Is this a Type One or Type Two decision? And then, take the plunge with confidence!


Same Skills Different Market

Have you ever felt stuck in a rut, offering your top-notch skills for peanuts?

Well, let's shake things up a bit.

Today, I will show you how to think outside the proverbial business box.

Imagine you're a personal trainer in London. You're the bee's knees, the crème de la crème. You're raking in a cool £70-£100 an hour. Not too shabby, right?

But hold onto your kettlebells because here's a fun fact:

There are personal trainers in Dubai charging a whopping £1500-£2000 per HOUR.

Yep, you read that right. And guess what?

They're training the same human bodies, just like you.

Whether getting a Sheikh shredded or helping Joe from the local pub drop a few pounds, it's all about understanding human anatomy and motivation.

I'm not saying you should pack your bags, kiss your mum goodbye, and hop on the next flight to Dubai.

But here's the golden nugget: The skills you've honed? They're valuable. And sometimes, they're even MORE valuable in a different market.

So, what's the big takeaway?

Start thinking about where else your skills could be in high demand.

Maybe it's a different city, a different demographic, or even a different industry.

The world's a big place, and there are pockets where people will pay top dollar (or dirham) for what you offer.

Remember, it's not about working harder but working smarter.

And sometimes, that means looking beyond your current horizon and finding a market that truly values (and pays for) your expertise.



👉  Why would this fail?: Before starting a fitness journey, ask, "Why would this fail?" to identify potential pitfalls. By preparing for challenges, you create a roadmap to success. It's not about perfection but preparation.

👉 The Different Types of Decisions: Decisions come in two types: permanent (Type One) and changeable (Type Two). Understanding the difference is crucial. Don't treat every choice as irreversible; sometimes, you can pivot. Remember, certainty comes with hindsight. Identify decision types and act confidently.

👉 Same Skills Different Market: Your skills are valuable and might be worth more in a different market. Don't just work harder; work smarter by seeking places or industries that genuinely value and pay for your expertise.


I hope you enjoyed this week's Knowledge Bomb Newsletter.

See you next week for another instalment!

Jay Alderton

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