In a previous post, I talked a little about consistency. I thought I would expand on that concept today. Consistency seems to be a boring idea at first sight. It lacks glamor and excitement. But, when you look more closely, consistency is anything but boring. It contains the secret of achievement and success. It is the key to an almost magical power than can transform lives. Without consistency, we have chaos. Chaos prevents success.
Consistency means repeating the same behaviors regularly and without exceptions. Consistent behavior is the opposite of erratic behavior. Skipping workouts is an example of erratic behavior. Performing all or most of your workouts is an example of consistency. Missing your workouts because you are tired, forgot or just don’t want to is an example of erratic behavior.
Consistency creates powerful habits; lack of consistency and exceptions mean that you have to start building the habits all over again. Habits, especially good habits, take time and effort to form. When you are inconsistent, the time and effort is wasted.
Consistency allows the seeds to grow and the fruit to arrive. Regular, patient, consistent action is necessary to achieve good results.
Most marketing gurus insist that sales only come after about seven email messages have been sent to a list of potential customers. Many would be entrepreneurs lack the patience and consistency to send out even seven messages to their lists. They are unlikely to succeed in winning the trust of their customers.
Nearly any goal worth achieving demands regular and consistent efforts.
Greatness only comes when efforts are consistent. Champion teams win championships not because they win every match but because they consistently play well and with determination and, as a result, win most of their matches. An example of that in the NFL is the Pittsburgh Steelers. They have consistency in ownership, coaching staff (3 head coaches in 30 years), and their philosophy – a strong defense and run the ball, controlling the clock offense. This consistency has given them six Lombardi trophies, with a total of eight trips to the Super Bowl. There are 14 teams in the NFL that have never won a Super Bowl, with four teams that have never been to a Super Bowl.
An individual loses weight because they stick consistently to their diet and to their exercise regime. A body builder adds muscle weight because he consistently attends the gym whether he feels like it or not. The champions do not give up when they feel tired or bored or when results seem painfully slow.
Daily efforts create habits and habits make it easier to make those daily efforts but it still takes hard work and the determination to follow through every single day no matter what.
To achieve your goals repeat your efforts every single day. Turn up in the gym or wherever you need to. Occasionally you make have to make an exception and miss out on the desired behavior. One way to avoid exceptions is to perform the behavior you have planned as early as possible in the day before the rest of the family and the cat start demanding your attention! Do the most important tasks firsts to ensure they get completed.
Another way to avoid exceptions is to make a list of your most important daily behaviors in order of importance. Stick it on your wall and read it as soon as you get up. This way, your consistency will not falter because of a poor memory. Repeat the desired or planned behavior daily and with as few exceptions as possible and you will make gradual but certain progress and eventually achieve your loftiest goals and dreams.
Even if you don’t achieve all your goals and dreams, you will have at least become a great character and a person of value because you did what you planned to do on a daily basis. That, at least, is a goal worth achieving.
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