Roald Amundsen was a Norweigan explorer, competing to be the first to the South Pole in 1910 vs. Robert Falcon Scott. Amundsen succeeded admirably and Scott’s entire troop died.Much has been made of their different approaches to the problem and why each succeeded or failed, but two points have always stood out to me.
#1 – Heroic Consistency
Amundsen had a rule: his team had to march a difficult but not impossible 20 miles per day, every single day, REGARDLESS of the weather. Scott would rest up when the weather was bad and do huge surges of activity to meet his goal. Read more detail here.I believe that we underestimate the power of consistent action – you don’t need to be a hero every day…you need to be consistently heroic. In other words, just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Whether that’s with diet, writing, or really anything you are trying to make progress on.
#2 – Playing with the Dragon
It’s very difficult to find Amundsen’s book, but thankfully the internet has preserved this beautiful passage:
Note that Amundsen would have the men guess the temperature every single morning in a lighthearted competition. Why? By far the most draining and difficult element of the South Pole journey was the cold – but by having the men jovially guess the temperature, they turned that scary element into something digestible, quantified, and fun.Can you do the same with your biggest fear?Sign up for my newsletter for more ideas like this.