Refining a technique minimises the intensity required to execute it.
This refinement is achieved through practice.
Practicing techniques is most effective when you’re able to apply them thoughtfully.
It’s difficult to apply a technique thoughtfully when you’re applying it with maximum force; so when we practice, it’s usually at around 70% intensity.
This princilple applies to physical techniques, like Jiu-Jitsu submissions, but also to mental techniques.
When you’re trying too hard to force a submission, you’re compensating for bad technique, and your overall progress suffers.
Try too hard to write, and you’ll never write anything. Try too hard to meditate, and you won’t get much out of meditation either.
Consistent performance at 70% is worth more than sporratic performance at 100%.
For certain pursuits, like Jiu-Jitsu, it is sometimes required that you are able to perform a technique at 100% intensity.
This requires occasional testing of the limits of your technique. This extra 30% intensity should be a bonus, not the norm.
The potency of your 100% depends on how consistent your 70% performance has been in practice, not how often you practice 100% exertion.
When you operate at 70%, you leave yourself enough resources to notice mistakes and implement feedback.
Fail to leave yourself enough bandwidth to consider the limits of your technique, and you might never master it.
Remain playfully engaged with improving through every chance to practice, and you’re guaranteed mastery of any technique with enough invested time.
Once mastery is achieved, your technique at 70% will well exceed the technique of most others clumsily operating at 100%.
Mastering the art of practice is the key to mastering everything else.