I just listened to a podcast on the principles of training for muscle growth. The first is the principle of ‘specificity’. In essence, the point was that simply training is not good enough. If your most important goal is to put on muscle, then when you train, every single thing you do in the gym, has to be answering the question “is this getting me jacked?”.
This got me thinking about the application of this principle to everyday life. The importance of doing this for ANY goal that you may have.
Need to get more sleep? It’s not enough to just try to do it….get to bed a half hour early, sleep in on the weekends, or catch a nap when you can. That’s fine for small improvements.
If you really want to make a change, if you are really focused on this ONE goal and it’s your number ONE priority….then all your actions need to be either directly or indirectly helping you achieve this goal, or preparing you to achieve it.
So in this case, the direct things you can do to help you sleep better are having a comfortable mattress, a fixed bed time, the absence of electronics in the bedroom and finishing all meals a couple of hours before bed.
The indirect things to help prepare you to sleep better may be being well organized, scheduling and planning your day, prioritizing work tasks, eating healthy foods, working out and leaving the office on time.
When the answer to the question, for all of your actions, “is this going to help me sleep better?”, is a resounding “yes”, success can be pretty much guaranteed.
So if you’re committed to a goal but not seeing much progress, apply the principle of specificity and see what happens.
You may just create your awesome.
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