Is it wrong to quit halfway?
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On my commutes to and from the office, I usually listen to a podcast or an audiobook. For the past couple of weeks, the 6-part interview between Dr. Andrew Huberman and Dr. Andy Galpin has occupied my ear. The interview is ran on Dr. Huberman’s podcast, the Huberman Lab.
If this is your first-time hearing about the Huberman Lab podcast, I would highly recommend it. It’s a podcast about science and science-backed tools to help improve our lives.
This 6-part interview is on the topic of training and working out. The interview touches on training protocols for strength, hypertrophy, endurance, and more.
While I’m listening, I can’t help but compare the key points to my current training program and I now want redo by current program based on what I have learnt. But I don’t like quitting things halfway; it makes me feel like I lack focus or that I am not very good at completing things. These are the questions that tormented me as I was making this decision.
- Is it wrong to quit a program just because I have obtained more information about it?
- Do I want to quit because the new information is a new shiny object that I just want to follow?
- Is it actually the new information that is causing me to quit, or am I feeling tired of my current routine?
- Am I making excuses to avoid follow through?
I have been working through these questions this week and while I still don’t have the answers, I have decided to redo the program.
This is why:
- I looked back at my past programs and found out that I have followed most of them through.
- This assures me that wanting to quit isn’t a recurring pattern and that I do complete things regularly.
- My current program has some major gaps, and I believe I am better off addressing them now rather than later.
- Although quitting a program halfway feels like giving up, I am still committed to putting in the work. So, it’s not like I am being lazy or avoiding the effort, even though it feels like it.
After taking a step back and analyzing the situation objectively (or as objectively as I can), I used the facts and some personal history to make a more informed decision.
I’m sharing this with you because you may be going through a similar experience. Maybe you’re deciding whether to buy something, or you want to stop going to the gym to run outside, or like me, you feel like changing up your workout routine but feel defeated in the process.
I hope that my little story of changing my workout routine halfway helps you.
Have a great weekend.
I'll see you in the next one.