By Coach Rob
As human beings, we tend to overestimate what we can do in a year, and underestimate what could be possible in 3-5 years. We see what we want and want it now, not realizing that a) big things take hard work and take a lot of time to achieve, and b) the power of consistency- if we learn how to harness it - can produce results that we can't even imagine from where we stand today, no matter how motivated we are in the moment. This post is a quick highlight of how to understand, overcome, and ultimately leverage these two truths, with our very own Coach Kimi as an example of just how powerful this can be.
Let's look at each of these two things and how we often see them play out:
A - Big goals take a lot of effort and a lot of time to achieve.
We see it all the time- people coming in with lofty goals, but unrealistic expectations about either how much WORK is involved ("but no problem, I took some extra pre-workout today...") or how much TIME it might take for those results to show up from the work ("I have a wedding in 4 weeks and need to be shredded...can you help me?").
Don't get me wrong, we LOVE lofty goals. I think that in order to achieve anything meaningful, it's critically important that you set your sights high, on something that gets you fired up in the morning, something big and colourful and exciting in your mind's eye that will help you show up and do the work even when you don't feel like it.
But lofty goals deserve respect. We have to respect that they will take a lot of effort, which most people intuitively understand. But we also have to respect that they take time. It takes a while for the results of our efforts to start to show up, and we don't often realize that we need the compounding power of consistent effort in order to see these lofty goals come to fruition. Not just effort when we're in the mood or when we've found the right dose of pre-workout.
B - Consistency beats motivation every time.
Here's the deal. We can all get motivated. It's a state of mind. It can be replicated - your favourite workout song, putting on your gear, looking at your goals in the morning, words of encouragement from a friend/teammate/coach, etc. But like any state of mind, it can be fleeting. If you're relying on doing the work in order to achieve your goals, and you're relying on motivation in order to do the work, you will see yourself working in fits and spurts, as motivation will inevitably ebb and flow with your moods as you carry through your life.
Consistency, however, is different.
Consistency means committing to the PROCESS, not to the RESULTS. It means committing to a schedule, to a method, to effort applied steadily, rather than in fits and spurts. Consistency is less sexy. It doesn't look like the "rah rah rah - let's get after it!" hype up. It doesn't look "cool" on Instagram.
Consistency means showing up no matter what your state of mind, and putting in work. Some days you'll put in better work than others, but you'll put in work.
Consistency means sticking to a process, not bouncing around looking for "the best" program (the BEST one is the one you follow CONSISTENTLY, not the perfect program you don't stick to).
Consistency means tracking, measuring, evaluating, assessing, and adjusting approach when necessary. But always committed to effort applied steadily in the direction of the goal.
And CONSISTENCY gets RESULTS.
The compounding power of this subtle difference is beyond anything you could imagine. Just ask anyone who understands the power of compound interest. Consistency is like a secret super power.
For a powerful example of CONSISTENCY in action, you need look no further than our very own Coach Kimi...
This young woman recently completed her 1,000th CrossFit workout. Yes, you read that correctly. Want to know how she knows? She's tracked all of them. Every. Single. One.
With an eye on her goal, Kimi made the decision several years ago to show up and put in consistent effort. Most who see her today make the (incorrect) assumption that she's always been as strong/fit/capable as she is today. But Kimi is a shining example of the power of consistency in action. Her discipline and commitment to show up, from day 1 through day 1,000 (and on!), are exactly what have produced the results that to many look like "she's just gifted" or "she's naturally strong", etc.
Kimi is an incredible example in many respects- her unfailing positive attitude and contagious smile, her laugh on a short trigger, her passion for helping others be better - and on top of these things, she leads by example with her consistency, putting in the disciplined effort day after day, week after week, that produce BIG results over time.
Kimi- We're so proud to have you as part of our team, and part of our CFSG Family. Keep up the great work!!