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The Goldilocks Rule

Nachiketh shetty
Nachiketh shetty
I'm assuming everybody who's reading this has played Super Mario in the past. 

The first time you ever played it, you failed to surpass the first stage a few times. But within a week, you learnt how to reach the dragon in the second stage. That dragon was a major pain in the ass but you learnt to slay him and proceed to the next stage(it wasn't even about the princess anymore 🙃). Soon enough you got accustomed to this and now you could slay the dragon without breaking a sweat.

Imagine being thrown in front of the dragon the first time you played the game. It would've been so overwhelming that you would've given up before you even learnt that the princess existed.

The difficulty level of each stage was set so perfectly that you were conditioned to become stronger enough to surpass the first few challenges you'd face in each subsequent stages. Before you'd realise, you had gotten so addicted to the game that you couldn't stop thinking and talking about it all day. 

Same concept applies to a beginner when he starts a diet and a workout for the first time. If he's given a workout which is challenging enough for him to feel like he did something but not so much that he can't get out of bed next day, if that balance is maintained, he's more likely to stick to the workout just for the fun of it if nothing else. Even in terms of the diet. If his diet resembles his usual eating habits with enough proteins and veggies of all colours, he's more likely to stick with it for longer. If he's given a restrictive diet, keto for instance, within a few weeks he'll reach a point where even a whiff of toasted bread will make him go crazy. (Not bashing keto, it's just an example).

Once he's accustomed to this 'easy' stage, he'll be prepared for something 'bolder' in the subsequent weeks. The difficulty levels, just like Super Mario, need to be increased gradually instead of just jumping in with the "BEST" of everything without taking his current capabilities into consideration. 

What do you guys think worked for you?

*This is an excerpt of something I said in two of the seminars I did in the past*