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Consistency is the Hard Part

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The one thing I consistently fail to account for when planning trips, especially shorter ones, is the disruption it will cause to my routine. For over a hundred days in a row, I wrote a blog post every day, did a Chinese lesson, worked on SETT, and a few other things for which I hold myself accountable.

I went to Peru for ten days, and although I started off strong, jamming in the blog post and Chinese lessons on my flights and bus ride to the Andes, once I started hiking I stopped doing those things. No real foul there, because breathing and walking had become difficult first priorities. When I got back to civilization, still in Peru, I resumed working hard on SETT, but I stopped doing Chinese lessons. I was practicing Spanish every day, though, so that made it okay. I wrote a monster blog post about Peru and sort of let myself coast on that. After all, it was a lot longer than my average post.

I got back to San Francisco and had only a week before I was going to Mexico. That week was great. I felt bad about being off schedule, so I used that as motivation to get back on. I rated three of those days as As and four as Bs, which is a pretty solid week. Next there are ten days completely missing from my schedule. I remember them, though. I worked on SETT every day while I was in Mexico, at a reduced capacity, as expected. I did a couple Chinese lessons, but was speaking Spanish, and fell behind on blog posts. Maybe I wrote four during those ten days.

Again, I got back and got back on schedule, but this time with less consistency. One day I gave myself an F and didn't even write any notes on the day. A few others I got Ds. There are As and Bs, too, but not as many as there should be.

Unrelentingly Competent


Thought of the day:

All image, accouterment, support functions, and particular tactics pale in importance to being unrelentingly competent.

--> Competence means (1) being an expert at your core skill/skillset, constantly working to maximize it, and being one of the very best at what you do.

--> Competence means (2) being able to execute and produce results in a prompt, timely, reliable way using your expertise from #1.

If you've got this competence down -- and you work relentlessly to improve it -- then you'll be cut a lot of slack on the rest of the details. If you don't have this competence down or let your skills stagnate instead of grow, all sorts of nonsense is going to weigh heavily on you -- that wouldn't weigh heavily on the more competent man.

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