Too much structure seems rigid. Too much flexibility gets nothing done.
For any endeavor where you want to change from a state of A to a state of B, there needs to be an adequate mix of structure and flexibility.
This applies to anything like improving health, inculcating a new habit like meditation, investing for a goal or even creative ones like writing a book.
Jigneshbhai told Swami “Decide and automate your investments so that you don’t give yourself a chance to change your mind.” When Swami revolted “but there are always unforeseen circumstances due to which I want to change my mind”, Jigneshbhai said, “leave some space to foresee the unforeseen, but only some.”
Even Sam told Swami the same. “The number of days you attend the gym in a month should be fixed. When you do it and what you do there is open. But attend you must.”
“Five days a week follow the recommended diet. Couple of days you can cheat. You decide which are which” he added.
Structured Flexibility is essentially a mind trick. We cannot trust our mind. It is an imposter. Sometimes a friend, often the enemy within. And difficult to say which role it is playing when.
When we provide structure, we are basically telling the mind to not tell us what to do everytime. It will still interfere but can be told to shut up. Then it can be cajoled with the flexibility, increasing the chances of sustained endeavor. Hence the mind trick.
Too much structure without flexibility may not work for us, but with too much flexibility without structure, we may not work.