Tuesday, May 28, 2024

What matters most: Intensity or Consistency?

“You won’t get fit if you do an 8-hour workout today, but you will get good health if you’re doing exercise even 30 minutes a day”, mother said.

“Exactly, you need to be consistent in what you’re doing. Your intensity of doing doesn’t always matter.” My dad added.

I was wondering why I was feeling tired after a long workout. Then my mom and dad had this conversation with me.

It looks like a small but meaningful discussion on intensity and consistency happened.

Despite being a believer in consistency, I sometimes fail to keep a few things on track.

Why must it happen?

Because we mainly start things with great enthusiasm but fail to maintain the consistency required to succeed in that. 

There comes this quote,

“Long term consistency beats short term intensity.”

Bruce Lee

We all want to achieve some goals in life. We also become motivated and put our energy into it. But even the slightest failure leads to discontinuing our efforts and changing the direction of the goal.

To be consistent, it is necessary to be realistic and specific on our goals. We need to have a clear direction towards it. We must have plans for “what if” in case required.  No matter what, we must always be ready to put effort into what we need to achieve. 

Rewarding ourselves for achieving small milestones, keeping promises we have made ourselves are very important.

We must overcome our small failures by resting and recharging ourselves again.

Sometimes, delaying gratification is the best way to be consistent in life. Forgiving ourselves over small failures and recharging ourselves is a minor key to being remembered.

Well, now we all might think, yes, being consistent matters, but then intensity won’t matter ever.

No, that’s not the case.

Intensity has its existence where it matters.

What if I keep consistent running speed with 8km per hour in a running marathon? I might lose right. There will be others who might run beyond my constant speed with intensity.

Here comes a situation where intensity matters.

In life, there are conditions where intensity matters the most, such as meditation, exercise, or even intensive work in the short term for long-term results.

So, both consistency and intensity play an essential role in our success. Both have their existence.

When we have a single focus, we need to be consistent in our efforts and intense in our actions. We must not lose focus with intensity initially and lose to be consistent later.

One of my favorite authors quotes, James Clear, “Most people need consistency more than they need intensity. Intensity makes a good story. Consistency makes progress.”

So, dear all, let’s understand situations and take steps toward success. Let’s be consistent towards goals. Find ourselves intensive in actions wherever required.

आप इसे हिंदी भी पढ़ सकते हैं – सबसे ज्यादा क्या मायने रखता है: तीव्रता या निरंतरता?

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