What’s the difference in difficult tasks?
Often it comes down to what you need to do versus what you want to do.
We see this mostly in the fitness world when people get used to doing grueling workouts. They come into the gym and go all out for 10-20 minutes hitting movements they love/hate and leave. During these workouts athletes can simply turn off their brains and wear themselves out. They end up collapsing on the ground tired afterwards sure, but it wasn’t necessarily hard. At the same time they likely didn’t focus on solving any weaknesses. This type of work out is difficult easy.
On the other hand, when you go to the gym and work on your weaknesses, this is a difficult hard session. For most people this going to be the stuff they don’t want to do. Things like working on overhead or ankle mobility. Or maybe 45:00 on a bike with your heart rate under 150bpm. It could be focusing on breathing through your nose, or adding in breath holds. Once you focus on true weaknesses you realize not only is it harder than the average workout on the whiteboard, but you get way more benefit from it as well.
Clearly there is a time to just hit grueling “easy” workouts for fun, but that can’t be all we do if we want to reach specific goals and make progress.
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