I don't know what to think of this.
I would appreciate your opinion.
There appears to be a whole series of posts and articles lately on the general theme of how boredom is good for you and why you should "embrace the boredom."
For example, James Clear had a chance to talk to a top Olympic coach and ask him the thing we all want to know...
“What’s the difference between the best athletes and everyone else. What do the really successful people do that most people don’t?”
He briefly mentioned the things that you might expect. Genetics. Luck. Talent.
But then he said something I wasn’t expecting. “At some point,” he said, “it comes down to who can handle the boredom of training every day and doing the same lifts over and over and over again.”
Hmmm! The boredom of training.
It sounds right, If you are going to be good at anything - running, sailing, playing the guitar - you are going to have to do lots and lots of practice and training.
And sometimes that gets boring. The ones who succeed learn how to "embrace the boredom."
I can see that. The people who rise to the top are mentally tough enough to stick at the training plan and keep working at it even when they are bored with it. They "fall in love with boredom."
But is that really the only way?
When I was training to run marathons I had to do a number of really, really long runs. Longer than the marathon distance itself in some cases. And what's more boring than running? Put one foot in front of the other. Repeat for 30 miles.
I solved it - to an extent - by exploring different places to run. Trails through unfamiliar woods (until the time I got lost and had to run even further than planned to find my way home.) A trail alongside an historic canal in another part of the state. Actually it was still pretty boring at times.
It's much the same with sailing.
The top Olympic sailors are sailing on at least 100 days every year. I think even sailing would quickly become boring if you were doing the same drills with the same people in the same boat at the same place day after day after day.
Of course, we sailors are lucky in that the winds are rarely the same from one day to the next so that introduces some variety into the program.
But we can also avoid boredom and burnout by mixing it up. Sail in different places. Sail on the sea and on lakes and on rivers. Sail on flat water and in waves. Do solo practice. Tune up with one training partner. Attend a group clinic. Sail small regattas. Sail large regattas. Travel to other countries to sail. Sail in different boats.
But surely most of us sail for fun. Why do it at all if it's boring?
What do you think?
Do you have to "embrace boredom" to succeed.
If so, how do you make yourself do that?
Are there other tricks if you want to put in the time to hone your skills to a high level without getting bored out of your mind in the process?
Is embracing boredom the new mindfulness?
Does embracing boredom make you more creative?
Or is boredom just a bore?
Surfing a bore