Try it. Test it. Do it.
I’ve publicly reflected upon this same topic in previous posts , but I’d like to give it another spin in this one.
A good friend of mine with whom I’ve spent endless nights and even longer days running (crawling in my case…) and I usually discuss a lot about this.
We love long distance running although we are not naturally gifted for that (or rather that’s the excuse we use…).
In that type of activity you go through ups and downs no matter how well trained you are.
And you seek to optimize every single thing from fueling to gadgets, running clothes and yeah… training and diet.
And sometimes… we spend too much time doing precisely that: “searching”.
We plan. We see youtube videos testing new stuff, or motivational videos of other people that have gone through this or that.
We talk about it.
We discuss about it.
We have opinions about it.
So, citing James Clear and his famous Atomic Habits book (which I strongly recommend) we are “in motion”, but not necesarily “taking action”.
You can read about that in the author’s blog here: https://jamesclear.com/taking-action
And if you hear us talking, hey… we know our stuff.
We’ve gone through some pain ourselves (marathons and ultras, especially him!), and we’ve learnt a lot.
So you may think we “know the stuff”.
We did things. Yes.
But one of the things we learnt is… it is precisely there when and where we learnt.
So as years pass by, we are not talking that much.
We are not spending so much time seeing others doing, talking about others doing.
(you could argue that we ourselves do not even have so much time to “do”!!!).
But the fact is we now know just talking, thinking, planning, “learning”… won’t help us out there.
So, stop reading some other guys’ experiences.
Stop talking and discussing about some other guys’ opinions (especially mine!)
And start doing.
There’s a lot of people out there talking.
You can talk.
Or you can try.
You can test. And fail sometimes.
You can do.
From my point of view, that applies to many aspects of life.
And yes, “agility” (that abused term I’m using to make my living) is one of those.
So you can talk about it.
And you can use a very smart, or very fun, or very deep, or very provocative language (it usually depends on your personal style).
Or you can do.