Plenty of people are familiar with The 80/20 Principle or Otherwise know as the Pareto Principle.
In a nutshell, the principle suggests that 80% of your results come from 20% of your time and effort. Phrased differently, you could work 20% of the time for 80% of the current business revenue.
What many people don’t realise is that the 80/20 principle can be applied to nearly EVERYTHING!
Tech giant Apple is famous for it’s application of the 80/20 principle. Apple worked out early that if the average consumer only uses 20% of a computer’s features, why even have the remaining 80%? Make the 20% ridiculously user friendly and most consumers will chomp at the bit to get hold of Apple products.
Why does the 80/20 principle work so well?
Simplicity. We may want to think we’re the masters of multitasking, but the reality is we’re not. In fact we’re a very long way from it. Humans just don’t do well when we have too much to focus on. (Try writing a text message while driving…actually, don’t.)
Simple, actionable, goal driven tasks work best for productivity and long-term success.
We have been told that “the 80/20 principle is one of the best ways of dealing with and transcending the pressures of modern life.” Because it simplifies our processes.
What if we could apply the 80/20 principle to transforming your body?
What if we could simplify the process, so that you saw 80% of the change, with only 20% of the time investment?
Well, you can.
The 80/20 Principle and YOUR Body
First things first – set yourself a CLEARLY DEFINED goal.
I can’t emphasise that enough. “Get fit” is not a goal. “Get toned” is not a goal. You need to be able to objectively measure it. You need to objectively know that you have a achieved it.
Secondly, what is the ONE thing that will make the biggest difference? Where are you going to invest your 20% effort?
Find the elephant in the room and do something about it.
You may need the help of someone else here. In fact I encourage it.
Often the reason we aren’t doing one thing that will make the biggest difference is because we don’t want to face it. We’re scared, or it seems to hard.
So ask someone who you respect and trust, (not someone who might want to sell you something) who knows more than you about exercise and nutrition. Ask them what they think the one thing is that will make the biggest difference and see what comes back.
I’m going to give you a few examples here or the stuff I see more often than not (I’ve used all of these with REAL clients and got RAPID results).