Consistency Over Intensity | Self Improvement


“There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the time of rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work, are subjects of express volition also deliberation. Full half the time of such a man goes to the deciding, or regretting, of matters which ought to be so ingrained in him as practically not to exist for his consciousness at all. “ – William James In this discussion, we will explore the meaning and distinction between the two concepts ; consistency and intensity.

This metaphor is most accurately captured in the contrast between pouring a bucket of water over a stone at once, or letting one drop hit the stone repeatedly over time. Taking this contrast, we will then apply these ideas to areas of our life (health, career, intellect, fulfillment) with emphasis on application for future desirable circumstances.

Questions for the breakout groups;

1) In which areas of your life are you more consistent than intense? (And vise versa)

2) What are some ways we can maintain consistency and not fall out of good habits?

3) Can you think of exceptions to this general suggestion of consistency over intensity? Can both be attained simultaneously ?

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