consistency

Let’s say you do something great, for one day.

Let’s say you put forth maximum effort for one day, and had one of those times that you just were working fluidly, productively and zealously.

We’ll revisit our gym metaphor. Let’s say you went to the gym, and lit up your soul. You did it with passion, ferocity and intensity.

You seared your lungs, and you did just about every rep right. You let it all out, and you left with nothing more to give.

You are proud. Rightly so. You’ve won the day. You’ve answered the bell. The best part of your soul has commanded the unruly pile of meat that is your body to do its bidding.

More days like this, and it won’t be long before you have the form you want. To reach your goals.

You deserve a reward, don’t you? You deserve something for the work you put in, because you’ve reached a goal. You need a treat to stay motivated.

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What, then, do you get for having made it? For having lived in congruence with the best part of you?

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Here’s the reward for you–and I think it’s very, very nice.

You get another day to feel this proud and good. More motions like this. More euphoria. You get another day to beat back the inevitable decay of life, and you get another day to walk the earth like an unstoppable bad-ass.

You get to have more trust and faith in yourself, and more confidence, and even integrity.
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What Is Intensity Without Consistency

Do we know any pleasure that’s better than that? Is a day off better than feeling unstoppable? Will we derail ourselves from our goals by justifying a trip to Krispy Kreme?

There’s nothing better than leaving it all out there.

The other part of the equation is this: if you don’t leave it all out there, if you flake out tomorrow, then you get to undo what went right today.

If, tomorrow, you skip the gym to bask in the good feeling and justify it with a good day, you’ve undone the good day, and you’ve surrendered your gains.

The only way to change something is to hammer. away. consistently.

You don’t hit a goal with a sprint, you hit a goal by moving in the same direction relentlessly.

When we have a great day, the only answer is another great day. We’ve proven we can, and we have to protect the work that we just did by doing it again, tomorrow.

More coming soon.

Soon Enough…

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I’m more centered than I was a week ago. Lots of good is happening around me right now, and I believe that there is more good to come.

One of the things that I have to respect about myself is, at some level, I’m forced to write to hold onto my sanity.

Twitter and Facebook reduce that to blurting. I blurt easily enough, and I can’t rely on the random blurtings between myself and strangers to center myself. When I don’t take the time to think, I become strange and needy.

So, for me that means I have to wake up at 4:45 in the morning. That means that I have to get ahead of this stuff and organize myself so I can produce some quality work.

When I don’t center–and Julia Cameron calls it Morning Pages, I miss deadlines, get behind on projects and over-promise. That puts a toll on: you get fatter, broker, meaner and life has less flavor.

Soon enough, I’ll have the new “replacement” project for GenuineChris up. Soon enough, I’ll be ruling the world with genuinechris.com. It’ll finally happen when its ready.

Not before.

I don’t have it in me to do quality work in the midst of noise.

It’s not really about the tools, but one of the things that I got was a tool called “MacJournal.” I’ve had it before, to be sure, but this time is different: it’s no longer prone to crashing on a whim. Anyway, that might a fit for some of you.  The image below is the workspace, and along with Backdrop, it’s a killer tool, for working.

I’m still planning to renegotiate the way that this site works. I’m hoping to get to it sooner, rather than later. We shall see. I’m not stressed, and I’m not letting it hang over my head.
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