There’s two ways to do almost anything impossible.
Quick and hard.
Slow and easy(er).
But no matter which way you choose, almost all results come down to this formula.
Intensity Allotted x Time Allocated = Results Realized
In everything I’ve done, I’ve found this formula to be bulletproof. You can lower the intensity of your work, but it’s going to take more time. Conversely, you can raise your intensity and often accomplish things much quicker than you previously thought. The tradeoff becomes between what you’re willing to dedicate more of to something – your time or your focus.
My buddy Patrick told me once, there’s no reason to take 2 years to do what can be done in 8 weeks. I tend to agree. The faster arrival time, is often worth the increased intensity required in my experience, but your results may vary. Both approaches work, but it’s often a matter of what you want to do and how you want to do it.
Quick, requires more energy, focus, and determination. There’s less compromises available and it’s often more intense – but it works and you can often get to where you want to go faster.
Easy, takes more time, and requires less focus, but it may take you a while to arrive at your destination – if you arrive there at all.
Both approaches work – the problem arises when you want things both quick AND easy. There’s no really a shortcut – the shortcut is to work hard, work smart, and work fast. The short cut is to turn up the intensity.
That’s the intensity tradeoff.
What will you choose?
Susan Lacke, my cohort in Impossible TRI, rocking her women’s tank top while posing with her runyon-esque face and looking quite intense. While I’m not sure how I feel about her tribute to me, but she did bike 500 miles, run 20+ and wrestle a grizzly bear with her bare hands just after wearing this. After that, she can make whatever face she wants. Don’t have your gear yet? Grab an impossible shirts and/or tanks, take a photo doing something a little more impossible than posing like me, send it in and we’ll put you in the gallery.