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Crash diets and boot camp workouts…we live in a society today that is all about the “go all in” mindset to get fast results. Unfortunately, as you have probably experienced either personally or through someone close to you, this approach rarely works out like we want it to. We have learned that there are two pillars involved in creating lasting success. These pillars are Consistency & Intensity. While both are important to creating long term results it’s the ratio with which they are used that is the most critical aspect to consider.
Most people have the inaccurate perception that they have an endless reserve of will power and if they simply want something “bad enough” they will have the sustainable energy to go out and get it. What they fail to realize is that doing something that requires a high level of discipline is very draining and unsustainable in the long run. The solution is to instead develop habits that will push you in the direction of your goals. While disciplined actions are draining, habits require very little energy to maintain once established.
What does all of this have to do with the two pillars? Well the starting point is to establish a habit through consistent repetition, once the habit is created and the action becomes automatic, then it is time to ramp up the intensity. There is a delicate balance that needs to remain in place however. Go too hard too quick and you are liable to drop the habit that you worked hard to establish. Start with an activity that isn’t challenging enough to create any sort of result, and you will probably determine that it isn’t worth the effort and give up before you get started.
Having guidance from someone who has already created for themselves the success that you are looking to achieve is critical because they can help you to determine what level of intensity is appropriate for where you are at on your journey. They can also serve as an accountability partner when you are working to establish a new habit (or increase the intensity around an existing on) so that you can keep from going off track. The bottom line is if you remain mindful of these two pillars, spot check how things are going as you progress, and seek guidance from those who have successfully gone before you, your goals will be much closer than you ever could have imagined.
Stay after it,
Brandon & Amanda