In the japanese Budo and Martial arts it’s said that you should be balanced.
you should avoid to be unbalanced. Of course it depends on the situation.
Basically, it is said that it is better not to be unbalanced.
Do you know the word call bias?
It includes the meaning of being inclined. It can be said that being biased is also unbalanced.
When biased, you lose sight of the essence of things.
In Budo and Martial arts you have to be careful not only of physical imbalance but also of mental imbalance.
Table of contants
・Problem of status quo bias
・how we overcome
・what we have to keep
There are various types of bias.
Bias to maintain the status quo is one of them.It is very easy to repeat the same thing.
Therefore, we try to maintain the current situation.
but there’s no time to stop in our life. we should improve the things.
famous MLB player Ichiro Suzuki said like this.
there’s no complete in batting form. I have to keep changing it.
if you stop other’s will catch up.It’s like a turtle and rabbit race with Aesop’s fairy tales.
The outcome is usually obvious if the rabbit and turtle race. However, the offended rabbit sleeps in the middle of the race and loses to the turtle.
you can learn from this story that it’s doesn’t matter you are talented or gifted.
all you need is keep going on. so how about your ordinary “Keiko”.
do you keep changing it?
if you are maintaining the current status. that is the cause to stop your improve.
it’s not means change everything around you.
you just have to keep changing even if change is very little.
you also have to decide what to leave and what to change.
if there’s something you do alway same it’s chance to change.
The most effective measure for maintaining the status quo is to first know that there is a status quo bias.
And the next important thing is to understand that maintaining the status quo is unhealthy for you.
In the Steven Levitt’s book “Think Like Freak” he introduces coin toss as a way out of maintaining the status quo.(1)
Whether to divorce, leave the company, confess or not, people often tend to choose to maintain the status quo when such doubts arise.
If you choose to maintain the status quo, you will spend the days with a confusion.
If you throw a coin and decide with head or tail then you will be happier than keeping the current situation.
There is also a story about Japanese competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi in the “Think Like Freak”.
He won the hot dog eating competition in the United States by winning an overwhelming number almost twice as high as 50 for a record of 25 and 1/8.
Until he won, The current status of the Hot Dog Eating Contest was to bite and eat the hot dog in the mouth.
Kobayashi’s method is very reasonable.
First remove the hot dog’s bread and sausage.
The bread is soaked in water. Compress and tear by hand. The sausages are put together and broken by hand.
This greatly reduces the time required for biting work.
Kobayashi changed the record of the hot dog eating significantly by doing this.
It is easy if you know how to do it. Other competitive eater’s now have over 60 records using this method.
Until Kobayashi did that, no one was trying to do that because of the status quo bias.
One point is to make changes every time.
It known that it is better to change the number of times than doing the same thing in strength training.（2）
Thus, what you should avoid for your improve is maintaining the status quo.
The real aim is to keep changing.
In order to do that, you need training that is constantly aware of change.
Knowing that there is a problem with maintaining the status quo, and knowing that you are not trapped in it is the first step.
The status quo bias exists in everything in daily life.
How about trying to break the status quo bias from your usual practice?