Should You Target the Minimum? | Scott H Young
There are a few different ways you can go about setting a goal or creating a new habit.
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Minimum targeting works well for establishing long-term habits.
A goal of, for instance, doing fifty push-ups every day might not be ideal for fitness, but doing something is better than doing nothing.
Another reason to focus on the minimum is that it assumes the difficulty is in starting. To start a process can often be the hardest. Then you want to set a lower threshold to make starting as easy as possible.
Focusing on the average makes sense when you're hoping to sustain something, even if it is not always a perfectly easy and consistent output.
It works when you are already putting in a bit of effort, but want to improve that effort over the long-term.
When you focus on the maximum, you can expand your potential. It requires deliberate practice with a high focus on quality, focusing on specific aspects of performance with clear feedback.
Bursts of high intensity are not sustainable long-term. Maximum-targeting works well when there is an efficiency gain for reaching higher levels. Once the burst has finished, you move to average or minimum-targeted goals.
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Any goal or project will usually have these basic qualities:
When a goal has high uncertainty as to what level is achievable to reach within a particular time-frame, it is better to set specific targets in the middle of the process.
Plan your goals with the variables you do have: overall direction, time-frame, level of effort and strategies.
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Too little effort and you may never see results (or too slowly to notice). Too much effort and you may burnout long before any permanent progress has been made.
1. Pick the goal you’re working on.
2. Choose a level of intensity that is at or near your maximum.
3. When you see results, ease back in a controlled fashion.
Progressive habits are about managing growth, while consistent habits are are about managing decline. Progressive habits are less st...
Small, incremental adjustments in difficulty are almost certain to push your level up. The downside with progressive habits is that they are harder to sustain.
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