Throwback Thursday: “The Law of Diminishing Returns” – this ties in nicely with yesterday’s post about Over-performing.
Everyone who has a goal exerts an effort toward achieving that goal. Typical of overachievers (or hardheads), they press on even more. As a culture, we are told that with greater effort, tenacity and perseverance results will come abundantly. “Work is its own greatest reward.”
The Law of Diminishing Returns states otherwise. The law states that with increased and sustained effort toward a goal, the return will actually decline. We see this in athletics: overtraining can result in strained ligaments, torn muscles, increased irritability, disrupted sleep and joint pain. Run too hard too often and too long and you’re not gonna be running much at all very soon.
Consider my beloved yoga. I recently read that too much yoga-inspired meditating can slow the metabolism and counteract any muscle building the work can impart. Obviously taking a pose beyond what our bodies can withstand can cause injury and clearly issues with…
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