80% of progress is made from the basics.
I repeat... 80% of progress is made from the basics.
No amount of small details, what I call the "1%ers" will ever outweigh this.
But... they usually cause the most stress, also sapping you of your time and energy.
I learnt this the hard way from rowing. I was so obsessed with being the best that I could be that I went to every length to be just that.
As a result, I lost balance, passion, and enjoyment for the process, and it lead to inconsistency because I was being intense in the short-term which can only be stretched so far.
Hence why you will hear me repeat "Long-term consistency beats short-term intensity." so frequently.
Because I made the mistake myself, what many of these ideas are a result of.
It's also why I advocate balance and sustainability now - because having learnt the hard way, I learnt my lesson and have seen the power of cutting yourself some slack and practicing balance and moderation. Both myself and with the hundreds of clients I coach to achieve results.
So here's a simple formula for you to follow:
80% nailing the basics + 20% balance = 100% consistency
And when I say "nailing the basics", I mean putting absolute effort into them.
Not 80% effort in the gym, 100% effort into the basics that really matter (the 80%).