What's more important? Consistency or Intensity?

You have probably figured me out by now. The sources for these newsletters look pretty similar from time to time. There are several emails that hit my inbox every week. Emails from people who I find informative and impactful are the ones that I make sure to take the time to read. The best of those emails I make sure to share the concepts with all of you!

This week, it was one of James Clear's 3-2-1 weekly emails that provided the thought that we will be exploring. I have held off sending this newsletter because I wanted to talk about the World Cup for the past couple of weeks, but now is the time to share.

This is the quote that I want to discuss that Mr. Clear wrote in his newsletter.

"Consistency before intensity. Start small and become the kind of person who shows up every day. Build a new identity. Then increase the intensity."

If you are not aware, 2023 is right around the corner. This is typically the time of the year when we recommend reflecting on the successes of the current year, and then begin planning and goal-setting for the following year. 

Typically, while planning for the upcoming year, we are setting goals, then establishing the habits that will help us to accomplish those goals. This is where the quote from Clear really matters. We often see that goal off in the distance and think that we need to accomplish it as quickly as possible. Remember though that accomplishing a goal is much more like a marathon than a sprint. The marathon approach will represent a consistent approach, while the sprint represents more of an intense approach. Does that make sense?

If you pursue that goal too quickly and too aggressively, you may fatigue before you reach the finish line. However, if you establish the habit of just putting one foot in front of the other, over and over, no matter how slowly, you will eventually finish the race.

Let this newsletter serve as a reminder to set attainable goals for 2023, but more importantly look to establish manageable habits to make sure that you can reach them.  No matter how long it takes!

Movement is my medicine,

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam


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