Two seemingly similar concepts but there is one key difference that makes one effective and the other a trap. I recently read a post on Instagram by the CEO of Onnit, Aubrey Marcus. They call themselves a total human optimization company and the connection can be seen in what they do and his description of optimization. After reading what he wrote I related to what he was saying, what he said put into words what I was doing and thinking. I believe in the process of Optimizing. This what Enso movement culture is about. We want to be better, we want you to be better. We want to improve people’s lives through the information we share and the things we do.
You have one life and you have to make this experience the best it can be. Your body is your vehicle to experience life and your mind is your guide. The better your body and mind the better you equip yourself to make the most out of life. To do this you must optimize. Optimizing is a mind-set, a way of seeing situations. Success is good, but it is not completion. There are still things that you can improve on. Failure is not an end it is an opportunity to learn and improve through optimization. The trap is letting your quest for optimization become a need for perfection.
So what is the difference?
Optimization is process driven. Perfection is about an endpoint. Perfection lets us think that there is this end that you must reach and puts all the focus on this. Optimizing is about where you are now. It is about taking steps to improve what you are doing now. It’s about improvement and it applies to many areas in life. Training, work and life, optimization is a principle that has a universal application. It involves self-reflection, looking at how you do things and where you can improve. I try to do it in all aspects of my life. In my training, improving my own training process, becoming more efficient in building strength and skills. In work, improving the training programs for my athletes to get them stronger, more athletic and resilient. In my writing, trying to get my thoughts across in a clear but still entertaining way. In the process there are successes and failures, there are setbacks and there are improvements. We need these things to grow. To improve, to level up, is a process. It is a journey, not an end point. This is the most important thing to remember. Question yourself, how you do things, your successes, and your failures. What they have in common, how they differ. Questions start a process and improvement lies in the process.
Focus on the process