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It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” ~Anthony Robbins

Rich Froning Jr. is a winner. Everyone knows this.  The dude has won the CrossFit Games three years in a row.  He has also dominated the Open for the last few years.  But did you ever look at his individual WOD scores from either of these events?  Typically, it isn’t until the last few workouts (when many athletes are eliminated) that he has a first place finish.

This year, I am doing the best that I ever have in the Open.  I certainly have not dominated any workout.  So, what has lead to my so-far success?


To do well in a CrossFit competition, one does not have to be the best in every single WOD.  In fact, he or she does not even have to win a single WOD.  What is absolutely necessary is that he/she remain consistent.  Having a first place finish, followed by a 50th, will not lead to overall success in a competition.

This thought got me to thinking about the importance of consistency in our lives.

Every year, I have a student that, for the majority of the school-year, does nothing.  Every once in a blue moon, he/she will hand in a single assignment.  Then, when receiving a failing grade on his/her report card, raise his/her eyebrows and question me, “How could I fail? But I handed in that paper???!!

Case and point:  You’ve gotta be consistent to have success.  What you do most of the time, defines your results all of the time.

If you eat a side of broccoli two times a week, but rarely pass on the bread, you’re not on the Paleo diet.

If you come to the gym six times a month, do not expect the results that CrossFit promises.

If you take your husband/wife out to dinner once a month, but demean him or her in front of your friends regularly, you’re a crappy spouse.

You get the point…

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit“. ~Aristotle

One Response for Consistency

  1. Maryann N.:
    March 27, 2014 08:53 am

    So true, LP!

    I have seen that quote before and love it.
    It reminded me of another:

    “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good.
    It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
    — Malcolm Gladwell