The 80/20 Principle, LEGO Blocks, & Success

Around the world of fitness and health, you’ll many times find people telling you to follow the 80/20 rule.

“80% of the time eat a healthy diet and exercise and 20% of the time you can goof off and still receive the results you want.”

But as humans, we often strive for perfection.

Then when we aren’t perfect, we beat ourselves up.

Success isn’t an overnight thing. Like building a LEGO tower, it takes one piece at a time, stacked one by one on top of the other to finish the tower.

Perfection is a noble goal and I will never fault someone for giving it their best. I’d rather than someone strive for perfection than mediocrity.

But how do you battle the guilt when it rears its ugly head after a weekend or week long diet debacle?

In this episode, I’ll break out some math to help you better understand that one day, or a couple of days, won’t hurt you long term.

  • 80/20 principle (Pareto Principle)
  • Breaking down the math of the 80/20 principle
  • 73 days
  • Late night pizza
  • 10 1/2 weeks
  • Feeling guilty for cheating on your diet
  • You are not a failure
  • Consistency
  • Weddings, meatballs, and booze
  • Tanner Baze
  • Get back on the horse
  • You’re going to have bad days, great days, and meh days
  • The Vortex
  • The nobility of striving for perfection
  • Put in the work
  • The grind of the quest
  • Choices you made today aren’t the choices you have to make today
  • I have the choice
  • Forgive yourself and get back on track
  • LEGOs are build one piece at a time

1 Comment

  1. JEFF CRAFT April 25, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Thank you. Needed this reminder.


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