Updated: Aug 5, 2019
There is an old proverb, "Chop wood, carry water." Meaning, the work you need to do to keep living needs to be done daily.
The essential work for life is often "boring" or "menial" in nature. However, "boring" or "menial" work can often put us in a meditative state of self-discovery and creativity.
Don't believe that? Then why do some of your best ideas come to you in the shower, when you're on a run or when you're folding the laundry?
"Intentional Consistency" is knowing WHY you are doing what you are doing each day.
Nature is seasonal and cyclic. We need to chop wood and carry water daily to sustain life. However, in the summer we may have to chop less wood and carry more water due to the heat summer brings.
What is important is not only doing the task, but understanding WHY you are doing the task so YOU can get what YOU want.
So often we can be distracted by what others are doing, or what the ads marketed to us say, what the news "reports", or what the other person wants for us.
No! YOU! Why are YOU doing this?
What or whom do you want your actions to serve? Why is that important to you?
Allowing your approach to flex with time and practice and desire and season gives you stability through life's inevitable ups and downs. All of this is a discipline, a Way of living.
The meathead days of "go hard or go home" have no place in a mature mind. Some seasons are about play, some about experimentation, some about addition or subtraction or of deep focus both in your physical training and in your mental training.
Always, every single day, chop wood and carry water, but you decide when, with what and how much. The best way to know this is to know WHY. The best way to know WHY is to diligently, patiently and joyfully practice self-awareness.
Intentional Consistency puts you in a relaxed state of constant work. What will you discover or create when you deploy this concept tenaciously?