Today I’m going to talk to you all about self development and introduce a concept which will hopefully allow people to gain a better understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses as well as learning to understand other people’s.
This concept which for the sake of this blog I’m going to name the metre rule paradox is essential a way in which to measure your strengths and weaknesses.
I have no idea of the originality behind this idea but I was first introduced to it in a beer garden in Magaluf believe it or not. However since then I have thought about it and developed it in my own head and believe it a very effective method of self-critique and personal development.
The notion goes that we are all given a metre rule to reflect our strengths, weaknesses and personalities. Everyone is of course given 100 centre metres to represent themselves and everything about them must fit into these 100 centre metre.
Here’s the interesting bit. In order to be exceptional in one area everything else must suffer.
If you have a really prominent dominant skill that takes up say 20 centre meters then everything else in your life must be reduced down to fit into 80 centre metres and therefore reduce in their strength.
Ever heard the term flawed genius? If someone is truly exceptional in one or two areas that they take up the majority of their 100 centre metres then they are going to be an unbalanced individual.
A great example here is someone like Paul Gascoigne; so exceptionally and undeniably skilled as a footballer that it leaves no room for anything else. The effects of this we are all aware of.
When you apply this concept to yourself it makes it easy to pick your flaws and your strengths and consider how to develop them. It’s easy to assume that the perfect individual would have a perfectly balanced rule however this would result in us all being robots. No creativity, no talent, no individuality.
Regardless of our weaknesses our strengths are still out strengths and they too should be encouraged.
As a society we often focus too much on fixing people’s flaws rather than developing people’s strengths.
If you were managing a work place or putting together a team do you really want robots, the perfectly balanced individual who’s average at everything, does everything by the book and has the perfect education and qualification but fails to bring anything new to the table.
Too often the answer is yes and that only serves to stifle progress and destroy potential.
It will be an interesting day if anyone ever took this idea on board and took a chance on someone based on their overwhelming strength or strengths rather than not doing so because of their weaknesses.
The great thing about this concept is it can be applied to anything and now you understand it I’m going to explain how you can apply it to training.
When you apply it to training it becomes more of a balancing act but if you can pin point what aspects of training, intensity, nutrition, constancy, lifestyle and many more take up what percentage of your rule you can easily adjust your weaker aspects to get better results.
If you train really hard but don’t watch what you eat your not going to make the best progress same goes if your the other way around. Some areas are more important than other.
If your nutrition and training make up most of your rule them your going to make progress regardless of the others but, this doesn’t work the other way around.
Learning to understand yourself better is essential to self development and improvement but learning to realise your strengths can be just as important as addressing your weaknesses.