Martin Luther King once famously said. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” What did he really mean by that? Most people would say that this was about never giving up and being relentless in the pursuit of a goal and that would not be incorrect but I believe what he was really saying was sheer determination will may make you strong but consistent action will make you great.Develop, entrepreneur, Entrepreneureship, Entrepreneurs
Let me explain, consistency by definition means, “steadfast adherence to the same principles, course or form.” What this definition is missing is that adherence can only be achieved with unrelenting action aligned with the same principle, course or form.
The best example that I know of consistent action that changed the world and literally made the world a brighter place is that of Thomas Edison. Edison did not invent the light bulb in a flash of genius, instead he tweaked a tiny little filament over 10,000 times before he got the filament to light. He kept going, consistently putting in the long hours as pain staking as it was he consistently put the effort required to reach his goal of a commercially viable light source. He finally achieved what most thought was impossible and became one of the most famous scientists in human history. When asked about his failure in reaching his goals the first 10,000 times he famously said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”Develop, entrepreneur, Entrepreneureship, Entrepreneurs
In my earlier years I was truly unacquainted with the principle of consistency. I was very adventurous and jumped from one thing to another, be that relationships, career choices, jobs you name it. By the time I had reached my late twenties I had a resume full of colorful experiences but without the consistency of sticking to one thing I suddenly found myself belonging to nothing. Even in my businesses I found it difficult to stay consistent since this was never a skill that was part of my repertoire. And it wasn’t that I wasn’t motivated to achieve a goal I was focused and started with intense determination.
In the beginning of any new start I would give it my all, work harder than anyone I know but soon that effort would fizzle away distracted by the next shiny thing that took away my focus. I got results but quickly lost them because I lacked the consistency that was needed to retain them. The old saying, “it’s hard to become a champion but it’s harder remaining one” proved itself over and over again.Develop, entrepreneur, Entrepreneureship
Then, a turning point came into my life and I just didn’t want to be where I was, I wanted more. The first place I used consistent effort was in my health. Starting from early last year, every day I committed myself to exercising in some shape or form and I haven’t stopped since then. The results that I am seeing now are truly amazing. I am in the best shape of my life, I feel great, I look good and I have energy that I never had before.
I haven’t reached the pinnacle of my success yet, that I know for sure but I have just recently grasped the power of consistency and have truly adopted it in my life. The most successful people I know have consistent action not just as a part of their life but as part of their being. For people that don’t understand consistency just yet I wanted to write to help put this truly simple yet so heavily underutilized not so secret formula. Here are a few things you can do to be consistent:Develop, entrepreneur, Entrepreneureship, Entrepreneurs
- Get your “why” clear: know your vision, having a compelling reason for why you do something will help you keep going.
- Pick one project at a time: do not have multiple things going at the same time, pick one thing focus on it and achiever the results you want before moving on to something new.
- Schedule your priorities: plan your activities by priority and stick to them. As you knock the items of your list your resolve gets stronger and motivates you to keep moving further
- Ignore the voice: ignore the voice that tells you laze around and skip the things that are important and sit and watch TV for hours. This is probably the most difficult one but as you do more of this the easier it gets.
- Accept your slipups: it’s ok if you miss something sometimes don’t beat yourself about it too much. Consistently move forward and get back on track by focus on the next thing.
Check out this great video from Marie Forleo talking about the 5 steps to being more consistent.Develop, entrepreneur, Entrepreneureship, Entrepreneurs
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