Move the Big Rocks

A post from Callie:

Focus on the big rocks.

Ignore the small ones.

This isn’t turning into a TWWS joke, I promise.

This concept is something we were talking about in the seminar that I went to this weekend. I spent the weekend with my business coach and handful of other fitness friends and we got into business, mindset, leadership, systems, tons of awesome stuff.

One thing that came up a lot was focusing on the big rocks.

We also talked about this at one of the other business seminars that I went to. One of my mentors calls it “focusing on the shouts and not the whispers.”

I kinda like the rock analogy better.

But I digress. What does this have to do with fitness?

It’s really simple. Are you focusing on the big rocks daily or are you getting caught up with the little ones that are actually pretty much meaningless in the long run of results and success?

Big Rocks:

  • getting in 3-4 training sessions per week
  • getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night
  • doing full body strength training sessions
  • doing 1-2 interval training days (sprints, jump rope, bike sprints, etc)
  • eating veggies with every meal
  • drinking 70-80 ounces of water a day


Small Rocks:

  • what kind of protein powder should I use?
  • I went over my fat by 5 grams, is that okay?
  • what kind of shoes should I wear to the gym?
  • should I wear gloves?
  • does broccoli have more carbs than asparagus?

Do you see the difference between the two lists?

For one, all of the small rocks are questions. The big rocks are statements. Just DO IT really applies here.

Sometimes when we’re so informed, we have message flying at us left and right, we get paralyzed. We don’t know what to focus on so we focus on the small things that we can control. That’s a mistake because we’ll never make progress.

When you start to slip into this trap, ask yourself, is this a big rock or a small rock? (go ahead and insert your own dirty jokes, geez, I’m not going to do all the work here… 🙂

But again, digressing back to fitness and nutrition. Focus on the big rocks and you’ll be 90% of the way there. If you nitpick over small rocks, you’ll spin your wheels in the same place over and over.

Make a list of your big rock items and use that as your compass when you start to get overwhelmed, nervous or frustrated. Remember, it’s never going to be perfect. If you go over your fat grams by 5, don’t worry about it. Small rock. The big rock is that you hit your fat totals pretty damn well.

The first big rock for most people is just showing up. Once you show up, we’ll take care of the rest. If you’re ready to start moving those big rocks, click here to fill out an application for our training family.