The Law of the Vital Few states that 80% of events come from 20% of the causes. While percentages may vary and this law may not be accurate, it fuels my work ethic. Understanding this concept changes the way I approach every aspect of my life. All of my efforts must be done concisely to reap the rewards, or lest I suffer the consequences. Here are some situations where it might prove true.
- 20% of your weightlifting exercises causes 80% of the results
- 20% of your food choices cause 80% of the weight gain
- 20% of your relationships cause 80% of your hardships
- 20% of your habits affect 80% of your routine
- 20% of your possessions you use 80% of the time
- 80% of your problems come from 20% of your life choices
When I look at the list above and am definitely willing to make a change. I will say that I spend too much time online, but it is still probably less than most folks. I could use more effective exercises in my weightlifting routine and eliminate the ones that don’t challenge me. There are a few more things I could do as well.
The plan for changing your life with this law is tedious, but worth it.
First, write down 20% of your negative daily activities. (Overeating, watching TV, scrolling social media, general laziness). Then write down 20% of positive daily activities that bring you joy.
Now here’s the key part. Eliminate the negative 20% and increase the positive 20%. The plan to do this is up to you. Just work on discipline instead of motivation, and don’t make excuses for yourself.
Here are some statistics to motivate you.
- Over ⅔’s of the U.S population is overweight
- Over 80% of people do not weightlift
- Over 80% of people do not exercise
- ⅔’s of Americans do not have retirement savings
- 50% of Americans have less than $500 saved
Now do whatever you can to get in the top 20% of society.