According to Dictionary.com, intensity is defined as:
1. the quality or condition of being intense.2. great energy, strength, concentration, vehemence, etc., as of activity, thought, or feeling.3. a high or extreme degree, as of cold or heat.4. the degree or extent to which something is intense.5. a high degree of emotional excitement; depth of feeling.
For our purposes, let’s focus on definition 2.
Notice the word “energy” — one of the three pillars of PEL Coaching’s philosophy.
I chose energy for a reason. Just as living things need a source of energy, such as the sun, to live, we need energy to fuel our goals and dreams. Think of intensity as your personal accelerator pedal when it comes to that personal energy that keeps you moving in the direction of those goals.
It really doesn’t matter if you are driving a Lamborghini and have a long stretch of empty road ahead of you if you are barely touch the accelerator pedal. If you don’t crank up the engine and take advantage of everything that car was built to do, you may as well be driving a Hyundai.
Why not check out what your engine can really do? Even a Hyundai can do more than 15 MPH. Sure, you may have some traffic snarls in your life. You may not have been maintaining your engine. OK, those become actionable goals. Discover an alternate route around your road blocks, or learn something new while you are in waiting mode. Start to take better care of yourself. (You do know we’re using a metaphor for life, right?)
No matter what challenges and opportunities you’ve got in front of you, use the right amount of intensity to fuel you forward so you aren’t wasting time and other resources just because you didn’t put down the gas pedal. The best news? Your kind of energy runs on a self-filling tank.