Jan 18

What Bryan Cranston's advice on auditioning means to you for your health journey

A note on what's in your control and doing your best

Paul Keefe
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Show up everyday and do your absolute best.

Then forget about it and move forward.

Bryan Cranston will tell you.

In A Life in Parts, he says:

“I had a basket at home. I’d audition and then toss the script in the basket. I’d forget about it. I’d let it go. You can’t fake letting it go. You have to genuinely detach from it.”

Every day you’ve gotta show up.

and how that looks will be different.

Ultimately, all you can do is your best.

That might look like:

  • getting outside for a walk even though you don’t feel like it

  • grocery shopping instead of stopping for fast food on the way home

  • stretching and foam rolling while watching Netflix

  • eating at least a serving or two of fruits and veggies

  • writing a gratitude journal at the end of a stressful day

It doesn’t have to perfect. It just has to get done.

Your preparation and effort is in your control.

What the number on the scale says, the bench press PR you go for, or how the jeans fit, none of this is in your control.

These metrics only improve when your actions improve.

Look back and learn from the day, then let it go and prepare to start anew tomorrow.

The second you start attaching to behaviours and progress measurements as being either “good” or “bad”, rather than focusing on the process of learning and improving, you cease to build the momentum that is required to build lasting habits.

Cranston mentions emphatically,

“…What was important was I always left the room knowing I did everything I could do.”

Your health and fitness levels are constantly changing.

Your job is to ensure they are moving in the right direction by showing up and doing your best with what's in your control

You can forget the rest.

Where are you focusing your preparation and effort towards today?

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