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3 Hidden Ways Consistency Helps You Attract Your Goals, Instead of Chasing Them

Based on my three years of experience completing three 100-day accountability challenges and working tirelessly for the fourth one.

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Consistency is one fantastic quality that helps you achieve your goals ahead of time and celebrate your accomplishment. I’ve done zero research on it. I’m saying it because of my three years of experience finishing three 100-day accountability streaks on Instagram about fitness and creativity.

Today is day25of100 of a new creativity streak about building an idea bank on Twitter for my content creation journey.

“I was the sum total of the obstacles I’d overcome.”
David Goggins

The most challenging — and rewarding — part is powering through the days in your journey when you don’t feel like it.

I face it frequently. But even if you can show up one day when you didn’t feel motivated enough, you can use the positive memory to uplift you when you get stuck in a similar hole.

The same uplifting happened three days ago when I felt more like a robot on the loose than a habit-driven creature.

Now that I am past the 20% checkpoint in my current challenge after overcoming my first habit valley, I’m confident in facing my fear for the next 75 days. What felt like a challenge is becoming a play.

I don’t know how creative my mind can get after the next 75 days, but since I have already built enough courage to fuel my energy, here are three ways that my previous streaks are helping me attract my goals instead of chasing them.

Steal my recipe to accelerate your habit development process. Let’s dive in.

#1. The compound effect.

In the book Psychology of Money, Morgan Housel says we think linearly.

For example, you can solve a simple addition in your head. But it becomes difficult to visualise the results regarding multiplication or exponents.

The compound effect of consistency works similarly, under the hood, without your awareness.

On day one, on August 15, my goal was to show up and share a tweet that made my reader think of a topic in a new light.

Today is day 25, and now I have to skim through an army of ideas that my brain generates at warp speed. I have to filter trashy ideas and share only the ones that spark a lightbulb moment.

The compound effect of consistency shows that success is not linear. It’s exponential. What we call a lucky break is the manifestation of the compound effect.

Stay patient, train your brain for consistency and watch your inner warrior accomplish amazing feats and surprise the crap out of you in a good way.

#2. The beast that works without our awareness.

Joseph Murphy’s book “The Power of the Subconscious Mind” is still on my Kindle reading list.

Even though I’m yet to read it, I’ve already reaped multiple benefits of the power of the subconscious mind.

The subconscious mind is the level of consciousness that works without effort but requires intense training. For example, a motor skill like walking is forever ingrained in our subconscious.

We sucked at walking in childhood, but we learned it through practice and now, if anyone trips, you know they are not sober.

Lifelong learning is what trains the subconscious mind to work for you. It starts with positive self-talk and becoming a student of life.

I have faith I can reach day 100 in my accountability challenge in one piece, but the higher purpose is to make consistency a habit. It can only happen when the practice of showing up becomes effortless by training the subconscious mind to work for you.

#3. The hidden power of patience.

I’ll keep the last point shortest because I have nothing new that will convince you to be more serious about enjoying the process.

Progress is the ultimate form of motivation. It means when we can see our growth curve as we live our story by zooming out to analyse the progress since the inception of our journey, the reason becomes sustainable for the long term with the power of consistency-driven discipline.

Learn to enjoy the process.

Delaying gratification amplifies the feeling of reward by 100x once we become adept at enjoying the present and build enough courage with patience to reach the other side with our mental sanity intact.

Closing thoughts

One week ago, I shared the news with a friend that I’m moving abroad for higher studies because I am bored with Bengaluru.

He said, “You’ll be bored anywhere if you stay long enough.” Although it was difficult to squeeze the juice of his idea, we concluded that the power of lifelong learning accelerates your personal growth.

I saw the concept of lifelong learning for the first time in Udacity’s promotional campaign, and since then, the idea has made me a die-hard fan of curiosity. Also, I work at Udacity ( if it wasn’t clear ).

My current challenge is to build an idea bank. Still, since I recovered from my first emotional dip three days ago, the goal has changed to a higher purpose of maintaining consistency.

Now, the next goal is to create an abundance mindset to repurpose my content on other platforms where I am active.

Here is a recap for your memory if you want to save your precious time and use your energy efficiently to game your time management system:

  1. The compound effect of consistency is working nonstop, even without our awareness.
  2. Lifelong learning trains your subconscious mind to work on autopilot. But, in the starting, it requires diligent effort.
  3. Delaying gratification magnifies the feeling of reward with the underutilised power of patience.

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Sanjeev is a mentor, writer, and fitness enthusiast from India. He writes about lifelong learning, personal growth, and positive psychology. When he’s not engaging with students in solving their doubts or busy writing, he’s sweating either in a workout, vlogging or playing with his cat, Jim. You can also find him on Instagram and Twitter.

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Sanjeev Yadav

Sanjeev Yadav

Writer • Mentor • Recovering Shopaholic • IITR 2019 • ✍🏼 Personal Growth, Positive Psychology & Lifelong Learning• IG: sanjeevai • List: sanjeevai.ck.page