The Colossal Effects of Consistency and How to Retrieve It
You will never get where you want to be by doing things occasionally or when you feel like doing them. You must be consistent.
Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long-term results.
Without a doubt, consistency is the most important aspect of success and forward progress.
The current population of the world is around 7.600.000.000.
Take a moment and think about that.
What is the probability of you being the smartest, most talented and sexiest human alive?
Not much I guess.
That feels bad. The good thing is, you can outwork anyone.
You can easily outwork every single person in this planet if you commit yourself to do whatever it takes to be on the top of your game.
Consistency is the BFF of success, they always hanging out together.
When I started to work out a few years ago I “designed” my own training program first. I mean I watched a few dozens of exercise videos on YouTube and did my best to copy the moves. It was a very poorly executed training program. But, I followed it consistently and after a few months the results were coming, and the back pain was going.
If you look at the athletes that are still performing well into their 40s, 50s, sure they all have one thing in common. They never gave up training consistently over the years.
Your daily activities, habits, what you practice consistently matters more than whatever you do once in a while.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle
The problem that most people have in life is that they do not apply the same moral standards across all variety of situations.
If you wish to beat all the competition out there, consistency is the most effective strategy to apply.
Why is that?
Because hard work always beats talent, especially when talent doesn’t work hard.
Consistency doesn’t just apply to the frequency of your activities, but how consistently you stick to your plans to achieve your goals.
It doesn’t matter how good you are in that activity. Time will make you better. Michael Phelps wasn’t born to be an Olympic champion swimmer, first He had to learn how to swim. I’m positive that Usain Bolt started to walk before He set the world records for the 100 and 200 meters sprint.
I remember my first time at the gym. I hardly made the 30 kg on the bench press (which is still impressive from a couch potato). I knew that I needed a well-designed plan with a personal trainer and follow that plan to maximize the results.
Results happen over time, not overnight. Work hard, stay consistent and be patient.
It doesn’t matter if you want to grow your muscles or your business. Same rules apply. You need a plan, and you have to follow that. The catch is that every plan should be specific to the person. You can’t just copy-paste the first thing that comes around the corner. That’s not how it works.
It has to be personalized for you. I’m sure that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s train plan for the Mr. Olympics would kill me, so why would I do that?
Once you have it, you just keep following it. Don’t try to cheat here, you can’t just skip a few steps to progress faster. That’s the recipe of failure.
Don’t try to be 40 before you 40. Why would you do that? It’s not a competition, you are working for your own sake. Sure, there’s going to be a few bumps on the road, that’s why the plan has to be adaptable and adjustable. Otherwise, you will lose your interest facing the difficulties of it.
Resilience is a key to keep your momentum and motivation. A plan followed without energy and precision affects all areas of your life. It’s no surprise why are those who follow their plan precisely are the ones that see the greatest improvements in their performance.
“Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going.” — Yasmin Mogahed
You need to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t, no one can tell you that.
When you realize this, you can start developing a plan around your goals and your schedule. You need to think about what you can do on a regular basis that will help you to achieve these goals.
The greatest performers have their priorities aligned, that is the number one reason for their success.
It’s important to design the plan that fits your lifestyle and can be followed consistently without messing up other areas of your life.
Make sure your goals don’t overreach the available time you have to achieve them.
Consistency allows you to measure your progress.
When you try something new for a period and in a consistent manner, you can decide if it works or not. Easy peasy. You can’t measure effectiveness if what you are measuring isn’t performed consistently. You need to give it some time to judge if it’s a success or a failure. Small steps instead of major leaps that make the difference. Don’t rush it.
Consistency will make you accountable for your deliverables and goals both in your personal and professional life.
If you want to grow yourself, your business and relationships you have to work hard. Many people fail just before the finish line.
Not because the plan was poorly designed, or the goals weren’t clear. The common problem is that life constantly kicking you off-course and you can’t find your way back to meet your objectives.
If you don’t know how to course correct rapidly you will lose your motivation.
When something doesn’t work, I look back at what happened and ask some serious questions. Did I shift gears too quickly? Am I committed enough? Do I really want to do this? Most of the time, the reason tracks back to the lack of consistency.
Here’s a few tricks to be more consistent and keep yourself motivated enough to see the results.
Find people who perform at a higher level than you’re used to (jobs, cities, even email newsletters you subscribe to). Then do whatever you can to surround yourself with those Top Performers.
Admit that it is hard to stay consistent. Don’t sugarcoat this shit. If there’s one thing people hate, it’s feeling uncomfortable.
Be ruthlessly honest with yourself. When something isn’t working, you can definitely fix it — but you have to be honest about what’s not working.
Don’t try to be perfect, you are human. It’s okey to have a melt down sometime, but refuse to give up. Cry, scream if you need and then refocus where you are headed.