In the short-term, you are as good as your intensity.
In the long-term, you are only as good as your consistency.
– Shane Parrish
I was pointed towards Shane Parrish last year by a student of mine (thank you KS!). And another reader shared this wonderful quote which I obviously love. I think this, like all quotes, is worth pondering about. What does it mean FOR YOU? If you took this advice, what would you need to change?
A new day begins when I wake up, not at midnight.
Celebrate personally meaningful markers. Ignore arbitrary calendar dates.
– Derek Sivers, from his post over here.
More than any other person I've read, Derek seems to say things that are vague notions in my head that I could never properly express. I love reading his work again and again.
How do you best move toward mastery?
To put it simply, you practice diligently, but you practice primarily for the sake of the practice itself.
– George Leonard
Simple. Hard. Shifting mindset to this is easier said than done. Instant gratification, shiny objects, squirrels, fads, distractions. Instead, trying to practice for the sake of the practice.
This is something that I am struggling with and I am slowly coming up with my own rules. In lifting, not worrying about the weight but at the same time, too low an intensity will not lead to skill improvement. As I keep practicing, my ruleset improves. Not sure if that's the way to go about it but it is the way I know now. Maybe in 6 months, I'll figure out something better.
Thanks for reading and sharing your quotes! Keep 'em coming.