Yeah, yeah, twenty precent of efforts produce eighty percent of the results. However, while browsing databases for various endurance training methods I have had a little revelation in this regard.
So, in the last couple decades the endurance world has gravitated towards the concept of spending 80% of training in low intensity high volume zone and devoting 20% of efforts to high intensity low volume stuff. 80/20 all over again, iznit? However, in this case it's the 80 that makes a difference and brings results.
I was thinking, in other areas of life, those 20% of efforts that bring most of results will not work in isolation from the "useless" 80% of the efforts. Gurus of all kinds of life coaching, self-help and motivation don't get tired referring to 80/20, urging you to concentrate on the really useful 20% of action. I think, however, they don't understand that if you want to achieve success you cannot avoid 80% of what is later marked as fruitless effort. So called useless business activities - meetings that led nowhere, phone cals that ended where they started, Internet searches that [roduced no leads and so on - all this produces important effects. If nothing else the "useless" activity teaches you consistency, persistence, discipline and the ability to continue in the face of bland nothing. And in spite of solemn words in the last sentence there is nothing romantic or heroic about it. You do what has to be done, and eventually some of the efforts produce results.
And I am not even high or drunk...
Maybe we should spend 80% of our time doing that important 20% over and over again.
Junk miles for a runner, below 75% 1RM for a lifter, playful sparring for a fighter...