“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”
Truer words have never been spoken. I’ve met so many people who want to accomplish things in life and have fallen short time and time again. Learning a language, being a successful business person, being successful at work, learning a new instrument, the list of endeavors we pursue as humans are virtually endless.
But despite what we view as our greatest efforts, we oftentimes fall short, wouldn’t you agree?
We look at those who have “made it,” and we think to ourselves, why were they able to do it and I haven’t?
Often, the reason that we equate to their successes is the infamous innate ability that we call “talent.” As if they’re just born with all the necessary skills to be hugely successful. But is that really the case? Are successful people genetically predisposed to be successful?
No, they aren’t. Successful people are successful because they’ve learned what it takes to be successful. And what does it take? Consistency.
You will accomplish nothing of value in life if are you not consistent. Basketball players, guitar players, language aficionados, entrepreneurs, they all have one thing in common. They’re all remarkably consistent.
Consistency is so essential simply because it takes time to attain anything of value. Being skilled at anything takes a massive amount of time and energy. When you’re consistent, you accumulate this time and energy over months or years of work.
Most people don’t see things this way though. They start a new endeavor, and they expect immediate results. Or if they don’t expect immediate results, they at least expect unrealistic results. That’s why there are advertisements out there like, “learn a language in 3 weeks.” Rubbish. That kind of nonsense isn’t possible.
Success at anything takes a consistent and deliberate effort.
So, with consistency being so important, how can you learn to be consistent in any endeavor you undertake?