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by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Professional DevelopmentTagged as: , ,

An athlete’s training schedule holds an important lesson for those looking to develop a successful career.

At the beginning, an athlete may run 5 miles in one hour. As they get better, they move their time down to 55 minutes, then 50 minutes. At this point, they decide to add a 6th mile – which moves their time back up to 60 minutes. With more training, they improve their time, again to 55, then 50 minutes. And then they add a 7th mile, and the cycle repeats.

Consider what has happened: they’ve moved from 5 miles in 60 minutes, to 7 miles in 50 minutes. They have gone farther in less time. And for doing this, they are faster, and stronger.

The concept of intensity (accomplishing more in less time) is critical for professional success, not just because it helps you achieve your goals faster, but because it leaves you stronger too.


Where can you increase your professional intensity? Choose at least one task that you will “train” on: set time and quality goals, and then strive to beat them each week. On your mark, get set, go!

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