The Contrast

The Contrast
Lift Big, Sing Big, Look Great Doing It.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Principle of Diminished Returns

This concept of diminished returns has a lot of application to my life. And, since I am the opera bro, I will outline how it comes into play for the two worlds I walk in. Singing and training.


Often times less can equal more, especially in the realm of strength and muscle gains. Many people believe that in order to get the absolute best results you need to drive yourself into the ground with lifting and dieting. Not true. Although a bit of suffering is to be expected, your life should not exist as martyrdom. Spending hours in the gym everyday, 365 days a year will not only leave you broken, but it can actually cause your progress to derail entirely. Leaving you just as weak as when you began. Rest and recovery, resisting the temptation to go to muscular failure on every lift, allowing the body to be nourished with enough calories, macro and micro-nutrients. However, The same thing applies to nutrition. This idea of eating to grow has a lot of practical application, but at a certain point you're not growing muscle, you're harvesting fat. You may add some numbers to your lifts faster, but you're going to be in a narsty position come stage or camera time. Investing some time in getting your calories in is imperative, but focusing on the kitchen alone will leave you fluffy.


I'll open this up to performing in general. If you delve every essence of your soul into the process, the words, the notes, the emotion, calculate everything down to a science you're then left as cold as a math equation scribbled onto a piece of notebook paper. Art, singing, theatre is an organic being that exists in a moment, if you're too wrapped up in making it perfect, it won't be right. It won't be fun. It won't breathe. Don't hammer away at things until they are perfect, just until they are correct. The principle of diminished returns lives in the neurosis of specificity, meaning the longer you focus on the tiny flaws, the more flawed they will become. The longer you wail away and struggle on that high note, the longer it will stay shitty. The more you try to anticipate that one awkward moment on stage, the more awkward it will become and the more it will pull from your other scenes.

Until next time,

Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing It.

The Opera Bro


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