The concept is based on my theory of how health and fitness are actually a story for life. When you think about it, they really are the same thing. As much as you may want to get a faster race time, lift more weights, or obtain that summer beach body, a holistic approach to your health and fitness is necessary for life long sustainable wellness, physically and mentally.
As with most things, to fully understand them, let’s get a baseline definition of wtf I’m talking about defining two distinct areas; Essentialism and The 80.20 Principle.
“When you say no to something, you say no to one thing.– Unknown
When you say yes to something, you say no to everything else.”
1. What is Essentialism?
My definition is mostly based and built on the shoulders of giants past. Which is means it stems from the book and concept of Greg Mckeown – “Essentialism”. This is based around 2 core ideas;
- A. For everything you say “yes” to, you will have to say “no” to a bunch of other things
- B. How to identify and use the tools and tactics of determining what to actually say yes to
The first is pretty self-explanatory. Every time you say yes to something you will then have to say no to all the other stuff. Super simple in theory, crazy hard in practice.
A real-world fitness example of Part A:
Person: “Hey Daren. A group of us are doing a triathlon 4-hour drive away (Each way). Want to do it with us?
Me: “Sure I’ll do the super sprint distance triathlon (Total race time 25 minutes!). Plus stay in a hotel and give up my whole weekend. It’s 3 months out, and right now that sounds like fun.”
Yes, that was me in 2016. That would have been great if this were my focus main “A Race” of the season. But, during 2015 and 2016 I was training for an Ironman Triathlon, changing jobs/having a career crisis, going through 2 big relationship changes and moving across the world multiple times. This jammed up my previous week, weekend, and the upcoming week after. Time wasted. Not to mention the cost of my energy and money that I didn’t have budgeted towards this race since my main focus was the Ironman triathlon. Lessons learned in the hardest way. Don’t be the old Daren.
Part B is interesting as stated by book summary guru Doug Neil from Verbal To Visual, “As you work to answer that question (with the help of the ideas that follow), keep in mind is that not all effort is created equal. Certain types of effort yield more results than others. What you’re on the lookout for are the best places to put your effort, the best ‘yes’– the tasks and the projects that you can take on that will yield the greatest results.”
This leads well into the next concept that I use in my coaching, mentoring, and own training over the past few years. The Pareto 80.20 Principle.
(Side Note – Please read the book Essentialism if you are interested in his ideas. They are so simple in theory but very complex in practice that it makes me question and analyse every opportunity in my life )
2. What is the Pareto 80.20 Principle?
Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian engineer and economist, who over a hundred years ago was the first to discover that many things in life follow what we now call the Pareto Principle. In simple terms, 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
Zooming in with a career-focused lens, business managers know that, in many businesses, 80% of the sales come from 20% of the clients. Which makes sense, if you have a few big customers, they can be responsible for a lot of your sales.
Put another way, the Pareto Principle also means that 80% of the results come from 20% of the effort.
Let’s change to a health/fitness lens: In his books, endurance sport author and coach Matt Fitzgerald constantly speaks about the idea with endurance training. He states that 80% or more of your fitness gains come from only 20% (time as the input) of higher intensity training.
Interested and ready to find out how this all applies to health, fitness, and overall mental wellness? Great.
Start here on Part 2 (link part 2) which explains the 3 pillars. Then swim on over to Part 3 (link the be do have exploded post), pedal towards Part 4 (full sensory diet), and run sprint finish here on the last one, Part 5 (self-accountability), Those should give you a clear picture of what I’m offering and give you the wholistic-no-bullshit transformation that you’ve been looking for.
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