When you study the successful you will tend to notice that they operate at the extremes of the spectrum across a wide range of behaviours. Whether it be in terms of working styles, nutrition or training you will rarely find successful types occupying the grey area in the middle. There is very good reason for this, the middle is where everyone else lives, the middle is average and if you want to be successful you have to break away from average. The observant among you will have spotted that the tag line for the Breed Project is ‘escape normal’ for this very reason.
To illustrate this approach here are some examples, comparing the successful behaviours to the average behaviours:
- When working, successful types will commit all their focus to one task for a period of time before coming out and giving themselves space to recover and reflect. They will then switch to focus on another single task. The equivalent average behaviour is multitasking, trying to write a report whilst also having email open and with a whatsapp conversation going on. The research shows that we are 2-4x more likely to make mistakes whilst multitasking as well as drastically reducing our efficiency.
- When training, successful types will utilise either high intensity sessions or low intensity recovery or accessory sessions. The average will train in the grey area in the middle, commonly termed ‘junk miles’. Training in this middle ground doesn’t give enough of a stimulus for a training effect yet doesn’t allow for adequate recovery either with the result being they get steadily slower and more broken.
- When planning, successful types will concern themselves with the huge strategic decisions and then the minutiae of the processes involved. The average will rarely focus on the processes or the long term goals, instead planning on a day by day basis, if at all. Success doesn’t happen by accident so if there is a lack of planning there is likely to be a lack of progress!
- When eating, successful types will design a nutritional approach based on their goals and then follow this approach strictly for the majority of the time, but then when there is an event such as a wedding they will let loose and not sweat what they eat, favouring a good time instead. By contrast the average will try and follow a rough dietary approach, although rarely a sensible one, yet have regular treats and cheats followed by short periods of restriction, they will build up a sense of guilt and will therefore struggle to enjoy their food. This lack of consistency can be damaging for the metabolism and can blunt any physical progress whilst also being a major drain on the mind, leaving the individual in a near constant state of stress and anxiety.
Hopefully these examples have helped to illustrate the point that life is best lived black and white, so I therefore challenge you to think about where you are occupying the grey area and to develop an approach to escape this, to escape normal.
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