Though I can’t say the past 5 years have gone by particularly fast but 2019 surely has. And speaking of long stretches of quick tempo with bursts of of bareknuckle acceleration, I’ve been pinning race numbers & getting back in the groove of bike racing on the track & in the mud recently.
It’s great to be back as mostly in the past two years, I thought I was too busy or exhausted to ride and certainly not fit to race. But, of course, I knew being chronically stressed meant I was doing something wrong. I think most people share the goal to build a remarkable life, if so, then busyness and exhaustion should be your enemy.
• Hard work is deliberate practice. It’s not fun while you’re doing it, but you don’t have to do too much of it in any one day (the elite players spent, on average, 3.5 hours per day engaged in deliberate practice, broken into two sessions). It also provides you measurable progress in a skill, which generates a strong sense of contentment and motivation. Therefore, although hard work is hard, it’s not draining and it can fit nicely into a relaxed and enjoyable day.
• Hard to do work, by contrast, is draining. It has you running around all day in a state of false busyness that leaves you, like the average players from the Berlin study, feeling tired and stressed. It also, as we just learned, has very little to do with real accomplishment.
There are a few lessons in his post but as many of the 310 comments
echo: the elite players actually got more rest. I’ve written about this a lot
.Rest is best!
So for me, ensuring that I deliberately balance work (hard work & hard to do work) & life (responsibilities & fun) + getting enough rest has meant getting back into racing not only felt possible but sparked more stoke & vigor for everything else too!
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