Have you ever wondered how some people are able to achieve amazing success while others work just as hard but achieve very little? What’s their secret?
It’s consistency – building small “meta habits” that you engage in every day that keep you focused on your highest priorities.
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. Consistency is about repeating the same actions (habits) over and over again, getting feedback from these actions and adjusting them to help you stay on track as you work towards your goal.
Even though the concept of staying consistent seems very simple on the surface, most people struggle with this idea. They find it difficult to stay consistent because there are just too many distractions. People are simply not focused, committed or disciplined enough to stick with something in the short-term for long-term results.
Keep in mind that consistency is not just about REPETITION. It’s also about EVOLUTION.
It’s not about mindlessly repeating an action over and over again. It’s about learning, growing and adapting your actions that can help lead to incremental improvements over an extended period of time.
Preparing Yourself for Consistent Action
Before you begin taking consistent action, it’s important that you mentally prepare yourself by first establishing a goal that you would like to achieve. Then reverse engineer your goal by progressively moving from the end outcome to the present moment backward step-by-step. Take a deep look at your goal to get an understanding of how all the steps and pieces came together over time.
It’s also important to identify specific timeframes you will be working with that will keep you on track as you work toward your goal. With timeframes in place, you will work with more purpose and a sense of urgency.
There is, however, one additional question you need to be asking yourself.
What repetitive activities should I STOP doing?
Often it’s not only what we focus on or do that matters,
it’s also what we AVOID doing that makes all the difference.
Consider for a moment the act of reading a self-development or business book for 30 minutes a day. This might not seem like a lot but reading 30 minutes a day over the course of a week is only a 3.5-hour commitment. And in 12 months, you will have read for 182 hours.
In fact, it might seem that you have gotten very little value over the first few weeks or months. Slowly but surely the seeds of new thoughts and ideas are laid, and over time you will make more and more associations and connections between what you were reading and what you already knew.
Surprisingly over time, you will have created a series of “aha” moments where suddenly everything becomes crystal clear. It was as though you suddenly woke up and saw your life and circumstances in a brand-new light.
As a result, you ended up making a different set of choices and decisions that led you down a very unique path, and your life has been transformed. And to think that it all started with just 30 minutes of reading time a day. This is the power of consistency over a period of many months and years.
Maybe you won’t even see much of a difference over the course of several months. However, over an extended period of time (sometimes over many years), as you accelerate your momentum, there will be a noticeable difference. And then one day you will look back where it all started in disbelief at the progress you have made.
Imagine a leaky faucet. Regardless of how you hard you twist the knob, it still drips. One drop at a time. Incessantly – drip, drip, drip. But put in the right environment and given enough time, that same dripping with that same consistency, can have an immense amount of power. That’s how canyons are made. Not all at once, but through the power of consistency.
Author Darren Hardy, thePublisher of Success magazine has written the ‘The Compound Effect’ to explain how we can achieve massive results in our lives through daily consistency. Making a small, consistent and insignificant action each day can generate incredible results in our lives.
Mai Li was studying to be a professional ballerina when tragedy struck – she lost her right arm in a car accident. For many years she was distraught, but then she met Zhai Xiaowei who as a child had lost his left leg to a tractor.
Mai had a vision that the two should dance together, but Zhai was reluctant because he had never danced before. Mai convinced him to give it a try and the two practiced every day for a year from 8am to 11pm. Zhai dropped Mai over a thousand times.
They were the first handicapped couple to enter the CCTV (China TV) national dance competition and ended up winning a Silver medal with a 99.17 score, and the highest audience vote ever.
Take a look at what Mai Li and Zhai Xiaowei consistent effort (habits) achieved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnLVRQCjh8c
The choice is yours to make.
So, what will you choose to focus on today that can change the course of your destiny, your job and your life?