When we wish to correct with advantage, and to show another that he errs, we must notice from what side he views the matter, for on that side it is usually true, and admit that truth to him, but reveal to him the side on which it is false. He is satisfied with that, for he sees that he was not mistaken, and that he only failed to see all sides. — Blaise Pascal
The sunk cost fallacy occurs when we continue along a false course only because we don’t want to admit the errors of our past.
In the past through my website, I espoused a viewpoint that you only needed a few basic exercises to achieve the training success. Unfortunately, I never defined a specific result from this training. Instead, I tried to form some unified theory that worked well for everyone, regardless of their goals, preferences, and abilities.
The reality is that training is highly specific to goals, with optimal bodybuilding differing from training for athletics and general fitness.
For example, many muscles such as the biceps cannot be worked well on multi-joint exercises, especially muscles attached to more than one joint. This happens because the muscle shortens on one end and lengthens at the other. This prevents it from generating much tension, instead facilitating the movement, transferring forces, and stabilizing.
If you are wrong about something, then just admit it to yourself, correct the error, and move on. You may not have been truly wrong after all, just pursuing something different than you are now. Define what you want today, in training and in life, and don’t be afraid to change course; you only harm yourself otherwise.
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