Tuesday, March 01, 2005


This is a word I keep hearing bandied about. Dave Ramsey talks about gazelle intensity. Bill Phillips talks about intensity. I think George McFly says something to Lorraine about intensity. Everywhere I turn, intensity, intensity, intensity.

They keep saying it's the secret. The secret doesn't seem to be a pill or a "program." It's also not a "system"--not a weight management system, not a card-counting system, not even a life planning system.

It's intensity.

So I go and look it up in the dictionary.

n. pl. in·ten·si·ties

Exceptionally great concentration, power, or force.

Wow. That's speaking to me. So you do something with intensity, and it works--you're putting an exceptionally great amount of effort into something, and you start seeing results. That makes sense to me. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if you saw exceptionally great results.

You get out of any program what you're willing to put into it. If you're not intense, no program can make up for that. If you are intense, just about any program will do.

The casual problem solver looks to the program to solve his problems for him. The intense problem solver uses the program to solve his problems himself.

That's the sad, cold truth of it. If you're not giving it all you've got, you just ain't going to see the same results as if you were.

But that's also the happy, warm truth of it. If you're absolutely fed up, if you're driven, if you're willing to do what it takes--well, that energy's not going to be wasted. Let that intensity take control, and let desire move you.

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