Roger Harty: Less Is More

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SORRY to state the obvious but there is no doubt that the world we live in is a world of excess. I think practically everyone would agree with that.

The human mind and our conditioning would lead us to believe that more of anything is beneficial to us but the purpose of this article is to highlight the fact that on many occasions excess can be very harmful.

Food: We have to ask ourselves a basic question. What is the original purpose of food and drink? The answer I believe would go something like this; To nourish and replenish our body in order to give us the energy to survive, live and work.

Once this has been achieved then everything else is a surplus and it is in this surplus the danger lurks.

Modern marketing and sales techniques (Believe me they are highly advanced), would like to convince us that we are getting a bargain if we get 6 packets of crisps for the price of one or four bars of chocolate at 50% discount etc.

On the surface this appears to be a bargain, but is it really? What am I really bargaining with? My health?

Remember health is wealth!

Aside from the clever marketing and the perceived pleasure that such goods may bring we have to again go back to basic questions.

What is the nutritional value of such goods and what are the hidden long-term dangers both for our health and for society?

I may love them but do they (junk-food etc) love me?

Look at the increase in diabetes, obesity, malnutrition and other disorders that are now flourishing and at what cost to the exchequer? The answer? Less is more.

Technology: Again the human body can only handle so much information and we are now beginning to see the harmful effects of TMI — Too Much Information.

We are being bombarded on a daily basis with constant phone calls, texts, emails, whatsapps, snapchats, twitters, facebook etc etc.

The human body again can only process so much information and we have to be very careful of excess. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t make it right.

A good insight into this I believe is that if we looked at our bodies like a computer, then too much information can put it in danger of overload and thus complete malfunction.

The answer? Less is more.

Exercise:   How often do we hear the comment about a team, ‘they left all their energy on the training pitch and were flat for the match’. A good modern coach will be able to gauge the correct amount of training and will be very aware that sometimes, the answer? Less is More !

Just like giving a good talk, or writing an article, when you have delivered your message it is so important to know when to stop.

To that end I am now going to practice what I preach for I truly believe that very often. Less Is More.

• Next week I am going to write about — Concentrate On The Process

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