Episode 94: The Law of Accommodation

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“Your body is malleable; you can sculpt it over time with daily habits of diet and exercise. The law of accommodation reminds us that the body may change slowly, but it will change.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

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The Law of Accommodation

“Your body is malleable; you can sculpt it over time with daily habits of diet and exercise. The law of accommodation reminds us that the body may change slowly, but it will change.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

The Law of Accommodation. Dig it. It can also be described as “The Training Effect” and basically describes the fact that your body (and mind) will accommodate itself to the load you put on it. So, if you go out and start training for a marathon, although you might not be able to get past the first telephone pole on the first day out, if you consistently show up and go just a bit beyond your current comfortable threshold you will, over time, develop the ability to run that marathon.

Alternatively, if you lounge on the couch all day long you’re body will accommodate to that. (What a pleasant shape that is, eh?!? :)

After I sold my first business about a decade ago and first got into living on purpose (largely inspired by Dan’s Way of the Peaceful Warrior btw, which was the book that really set me on this path!), I realized I’d have a hard time living at my highest potential if I had a hard time getting out of bed. So, I became a trainer so I could learn nutrition/exercise physiology/etc.

One of the coolest lessons I learned was the idea of “consistency over intensity.” It’s MUCH better to show up at the gym regularly for a basic workout than go off for a couple hours every other week. As Dan says throughout his books, it’s MUCH better to do something for a little bit every day than a lot once in a while. It’s better to meditate for a few minutes a day than for an hour once a week. It’s better to move for 15 minutes (or 5!) a day than it is to train hard for a couple hours once a week.

Another one of my friends and favorite teachers, Robin Sharma, says that the hallmark of great people is very simple: Consistency on the fundamentals.

Our bodies and our minds are malleable. Over time (!), if we’re diligent, patient and persistent, they’ll shape toward our ideasl and accommodate to meet the demands we place on them. But we’ve gotta show up!!!

So, what’re your fundamentals? And how’s your consistency?

How can you be a little more (a lot more?) consistent? (Starting today, perhaps? :)