Why Consistency is So Important
On Sunday night I had a sick feeling in my stomach.
For the first time since I started my blog in December 2010 I did not have a post scheduled to go out on monday morning. The last few weeks had run away with me, and I simply hadn’t disciplined myself to sit down and write something.
I had nothing.
But then I remembered something that made me smile:
When I made the decision to start this blog, I committed myself to writing at least one post a week. At the time I wasn’t at all convinced I would stick to it, but now looking back, I realise I have! And what’s more, I realised that because my posts are usually between four hundred and six hundred words, and this is my ninetieth post to date, I have in fact written about fifty thousand words for this blog – the equivalent of a two hundred page book!
Now, if you’d told me a year ago that I would be able to write a book in my “spare time”, on top of work, studies, family, and everything else, I would have laughed at you. And that’s when it hit me:
Success is not a single act, but rather a daily habit. Whether you want to write a book, get fit, or lose weight, the key is consistency.
So here are 10 random thoughts I had about consistency:
- Consistency creates momentum.
- Consistency is a habit that can be practiced and learnt.
- Consistency breeds credibility.
- The person who takes action every single day toward the attainment of their goal will always triumph over those who do it every once in a while. Always.
- Many think consistency is purely a matter of willpower, and that people who are consistent have some kind of special ability to endure. Not true.
- Surprisingly, doing something every day or nearly every day is actually far easier to sustain than doing it once in awhile.
- Motivation is not enough. A person waiting for inspiration limits achievement to times when conditions are desirable. And conditions are rarely always desirable.
- Creating healthy rituals will take you further than desires and passions.
- Consistency will induce failure at some stage, which in turn provides valuable feedback, which ultimately leads to better results.
- Consistency is more about sustainability than it is about speed.