With the weather heating up, the sun shining and a general feeling of “Oh My God
Summer’s Coming!” I thought it only fitting that this week I discuss the idea of
This week one of my favourite urban music artists “Illy”, announced the release
of his new music album 2 degrees. During a promotional interview he was asked
why the album was called 2 degrees? He said that when you want to mix up your
music style it’s a lot like steering a ship. You cant simply turn left and the whole
ship follows course to the left. In order to adjust the direction of a ship you first
course correct 2 degrees, then a further 2 degrees until eventually you look back
and the whole direction of the ship has changed.
I love this analogy! The idea of course correcting a ship is a lot like making
changes to your health and fitness. We cannot take an all or nothing approach as
it isn’t as easy as “I want to turn left”, or in this case I want to exercise 2 hours a
day, eat salad, drink water and avoid anything bad.
Making changes to your health and well-being requires subtle course
corrections. You may start off with “I will exercise 2-3 times per week for 4
weeks”, then you may say “I will focus on my eating Monday-Friday and allow
myself some fun on weekends”, this may further change to “I will do some form
of exercise everyday for a minimum period of 45 minutes”.
Before you know it you are in a healthy rhythm of awesomeness without the
stress, anxiety or fear of failure.
Like steering a ship you need to have your final coordinates in mind, where do
you want to go and how do I get there. Once you know where it is you want to
go, all you have to do is lean 2 degrees, once there, lean a further degrees until
you reach your final destination.
We cant sail around open water forever drifting in the current, sometimes you
have to take control of your own course through action to improve your overall