Thursday, February 23, 2012

Consistency & moderation over intensity

In all aspects of life, more often than not, we think if we push really hard, that we'll get there (wherever "there" is) quicker. Of course, we all know the results of this effort - burnout and failure. Examples:
  • Losing weight - You go on a crash / restrictive diet for a few days that is unsustainable, resulting in a gorge session of everything in sight! Typically, you end up gaining versus losing weight.
  • Getting in shape - You start exercising 2x a day, 5 to 6 days a week, at a pace that is (again) unsustainable. Typically, you end up stopping all together or, in the worst case, you injure yourself.
  • Completing a work project - You work for long hours & days straight to complete the goal, with little sleep or nutrition, resulting in a less-than-perfect project outcome. Typically, you have worked so "hard" that you missed key areas due to your not being well-rested and prepared to work. And, worse yet, if you continually meet the unrealistic deadline, you are now expected to continually achieve these unrealistic deadlines time and time again - completely unsustainable.
  • Cramming for tests - You stay up all night, main-lining your caffeinated beverage of choice, and try to absorb a quarters worth of material in a few hours. Again, this typically results in poor performance on the test due to your not being well-rested and prepared.
Rather than cramming, working "really hard", or intensive training, why not try the consistent and moderate approach - a combination that will always yield winning and LONG LASTING results. Remember the fable about the Tortoise and the Hare? Slow and steady always wins the race!

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