The Key Ingredient to Achieving Success

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“Without commitment, you’ll never start, but more importantly without consistency, you’ll never finish.”

Strong words by the great Denzel Washington.

Have you ever wondered how some people could achieve massive amounts of success in their field of endeavor, while others work just as hard but achieve very little?

It could be said that those who achieve high levels of success are simply more intelligent, or maybe more ambitious, or perhaps more persistent, or possibly just luckier than the people in the second group. These are of course all key factors that certainly can help people achieve their goals. However, there is just one ingredient that goes into the success that is more important than anything else. And that ingredient comes in the form of consistency.

To be consistent means to fully dedicate yourself completely to a task, activity or goal. It means to fully stay engaged without distraction. It requires a commitment on your part. It requires that you commit yourself to a sustained effort of action over the long-term. What this essentially means is that you keep your word to yourself and others that you will follow through with what you set out to do consistently over a period of time up until the moment your objectives are achieved. As such, consistency is all about your ability to be dependable, reliable and responsible for all your choices, decisions, words, and actions.

Consistency is about building small empowering habits and rituals that you partake in every single day that keeps you focused on your highest priorities and goals. It therefore mainly comes down to your ability to hold yourself accountable for the daily choices you make with no excuses and no complaints. You and you alone are accountable for what you do and what you fail to do. All responsibility lies solely in your hands.

To be consistent means to focus on the present moment while maintaining a long-term view that helps you measure your results and the impact of your daily actions. With this regular feedback in your hands, you are better able to learn from your failures and mistakes to help you effectively alter your course of action whenever required.

Consistency is therefore all about repetition. It’s about repeating the same actions (habits and rituals) over and over again; gaining feedback from these actions and adjusting them accordingly to help you stay on track as you work towards your goal. And that, in essence, is the difference between success and failure in any field of endeavor and the key to high levels of achievement.

Phromsavanh is a passionate serial entrepreneur creating business solutions in the industry she knows best — fashion. She is an innovative brand builder with multifaceted expertise in retail, marketing, strategy, business development, and consumer behavior. Phromsavanh is an acclaimed Keynote speaker and enjoys speaking on topics that include — entrepreneurship, minority women in business, leadership, women’s empowerment, E-commerce, shopping habits and personalization, fashion, retail, and motivational ideas for carving a non-conventional path. Contact Monica to have her speak at your company event or conference soon.