“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” – Anthony Robbins
Have you ever questioned yourself how some people are successful and others despite the hard work achieve very little?
Someone could argue that those who are very successful are simply smarter, or more ambitious or even luckier. These all are also key factors however there is just ONE ingredient that goes into success and that comes in the form of consistency.
Recently I read a book were the writer says; anything you want to accomplish in life, you won’t become a master unless you establish consistent behaviour and keep that discipline. It takes approximately ten thousand hours of practice to be a master in a field. That needs some consistent performance and discipline to show up each and every day and practice.
What is the definition of Consistency?
Consistency is a devotion to the same principles in a committed way. If you want to achieve anything of value and importance in your life, then you need to be consistent. This is accurate in business and in relationships. If something isn’t working in your life, ask yourself, “Have I been giving it consistent devotion, energy, and time”?
Let’s discuss a little bit about consistency and being consistent with your goals. Now if you want to get in fantastic shape, it’s not like you can just work out one time or for a weekend and then expect to have this amazing body. It doesn’t work that way.
You must be consistent every single day, exercising, eating healthy, following your program towards your goal. Be consistent with that and then over several months, you’ll be able to achieve the end goal that you aimed for.
I love programs like 30-day challenges, 100-day challenges, widely announcing my goals. These are all great ways that push you to be more consistent with the actions. However, I always believe that those are always momentary ways of being consistent, temporary ways of getting yourself to do something and I think a lot of people, they focus on the strategy (the how-to), rather than the psychology.
The psychology is when you make a shift in your mind-set, then it shifts everything, it becomes an everlasting change. Let me give you an example. For me, to spend time with my children or waking up early every morning to exercise or to eat healthy, these all became habits.
If you can find a way to love the process … Love the process, not the result, the process, then that’s really all you need to be consistent.
What does it mean to love the process?
Let me give you an example; I love the process of working out. I love the way it makes me feel. It makes me feel better, increases my confidence, my pride, my self-esteem. So, I have no problems being consistent with that.
Being consistent and loving the process seems very simple at the surface, but most people struggle with this idea. Let me tell you why? they find it hard to stay consistent because there are just too many distractions. People simply are not attentive, devoted or disciplined enough to stick with something in the short-term for long-term results.
The key reason why most people don’t stay consistent over the long-term is that; if they don’t get fast results, they don’t see the point with going on with this action over the long-run.
In summary, it’s clear that being consistent and action upon it is the key to success. This means you need to commit to a task at the same time every day until it becomes a habit, which will help you realise the goals you are after.
Consistency is the key to success. Consistency leads to habits. Habits form actions we take every day. Action leads to success.
So from now on, go ahead, be consistent and apply it in the right way to help you achieve your desired goals and objectives.