Consistency Trumps Intensity

By: Flint Wallace

 

First and foremost, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! 

 

I want to discuss a scenario I often come across:

 

A player attends one of our Elite Pitchers Boot Camps and is really fired up. He gets extremely motivated, excited, and goes all in when he gets back home. BUT, in a few weeks, we get an email about how frustrated he has become and/or how he is getting burned out.

 

This usually happens because he went at it with too much intensity in the beginning and didn’t truly understand how development works.

 

Athletic development takes time, and most importantly, consistency!

 

As Bruce Lee said, “Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity.”

 

Our society likes to portray quick and easy fixes (or hacks) as solutions, and I believe this is why so many people get flustered. We are told the lie that it should be fast and easy so many times that it seeps into our unconscious. We are sold the fabricated story that development can be microwaved, all you have to do is work as hard as you can.

 

Working as hard as you can every day is not a recipe for success. It is usually a lead to burn out, fatigue, lack of recovery, or worse, an injury.

 

As the old saying goes, “slow and steady wins the race,” which is just another way of stating: consistency over intensity.

 

Progress is never linear. Deep down we all know this, but we all are sold this bit of goods that success should be linear. So, at the first sign of setback, we get discouraged and disheartened.

 

Don’t get caught up in this “fast track to success” mindset. Instead, understand that a little every day is much better than a lot for only a couple of times a week.

 

I heard Firas Zahabi, the trainer of George St. Pierre (one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time), explain it like this:

 

“If your maximum push up limit is 10, you should not do 10. If you do 10 pushups, which is your maximum, on a Monday, then you will not be able to work out again until Thursday. This approach only yields 20 pushups for the week. However, if you only do 5 pushups every day, in that 5-day period, your workout load is 25 pushups. If you extrapolate that out over a year, the consistent working out will give you a far greater workload than the maximum workout over a longer period.”

 

Again, consistency over intensity.

 

I feel the most important trait that highly successful athletes have is their ability to show up every day. It is that consistency that sets them apart from others.

 

Anyone can work really hard for a short period of time, but true development only happens when a person dedicates themselves to long-term consistency and trusts the process. Most people completely neglect progress because they’re so focused on achievement.

 

Focusing on the achievement is so ingrained in our culture. We don’t celebrate the small progresses, like averaging a 1/2 mph gain on our velocity this week. Instead we want a 5 mph gain on our fastball right now, and when we don’t achieve it, we feel flustered.

 

I am not saying that you shouldn’t work hard or that you shouldn’t have intensity because I feel you definitely should. What I am saying is you need to have a consistent process and understand that true development takes some time, patients, and fortitude. Remember:

 

  1. It pays to show up.
  2. Value progress, no matter how small.

 

By showing up and working, you will make progress every day.

 

There are no shortcuts to mastery. The work of the best isn’t dependent on staying motivated. They simply follow a set of routines and patterns and put in a lot of hard work every day.

 

Mastering anything usually involves exploration, adjustment, and improvisation. You can’t always know your destination in advance. That’s okay! Be prepared for constant, average work in order to get better at mastering the skill you have chosen to master. Give yourself permission to screw up and move on when things don’t go as planned.

 

Genius can only show up in your work when you show up enough times to work through the average.

 

So for your future, make daily consistency your number one priority. 

 

Until Next Time… Keep Getting After It!

 

 

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Important TBR Updates

 

  • Our Winter Elite Pitcher’s Boot Camp dates are filling up fast. Those dates include December 28-30 and January 16-18. For more information or to register go to www.TexasBaseballRanch.com/events.

 

  • Our “Advanced Alumni Camp” (for PREVIOUS Ranch event attendees ONLY) will be held January 2nd and 3rd.  Brent Strom, Pitching Coach for the Houston Astros, will be a guest instructor and we will be having a special “Evening with Coach Strom” Saturday night.  For additional information or to register, please click here

 

  • Athletes continue to be excited our “Ranch Remote” training. It’s a program for people that would still like to get access to, and ongoing instruction from, the TBR staff but prefer to avoid travel due to the virus or other limitations. Click here to get more information on this NEW, hyper-personalized training option. Space is limited in this program and we only have a few spots open currently so if you’re interested, don’t delay.

 

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