It’s cool. I’m not going to rag on the 80 percenters. Hell, I’m in your boat in about 80 percent of what I do. I want you to know where the real gold is — where those truly dedicated to their goal leap ahead of the rest.
This “80/20 principle” is everywhere.
In a workout, you convince yourself that you’ll just slow down a little bit during the squats and do them faster later. (I don’t know why, but this always seems like a good idea at the time. It isn’t. Go faster now.)
It’s often found in nutrition. Most of the time, you’re spot on. But you fall face first into a bottle of wine and a bag of chips every weekend.
How about relationships? Your partner needs some help and you spend an extra few minutes in the bathroom while they do the dishes.
You get my drift. But think about the potential in the last 20 percent. That’s where success is exponential with every percent. Each extra effort you make in your life puts you ahead of the rest because if they are working hard, they’re most likely doing it 80 percent of the time.
Be the athlete spending time dialing in technique.
Be the spouse taking extra time to give the other rest.
Be the business owner who responds to emails when you’re tired of the computer.
Be the 20 percenter. People can see the difference and you will too.