For years I have conducted a self development class on a Monday evening. A few years ago a young girl asked, “How can I be consistent in attending class?”
It was a great question, because it takes commitment and willpower to be consistent at anything.
The answered went like this: “The first thing is to understand the value of the class. What will the class do for you? It will help you realise your goals and become the person you want to be, but most importantly it will help you gain focus, clarity, productivity, peace of mind and happiness.
Then, just as eating healthy food and exercise is a priority for you, make the class a priority as well. Tell yourself that no matter what else crops up, you must attend this class.”
She took that advice to heart and today has become one of the most outstanding people I know. Her name is Jasmin Bailey from Revital Health.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” - Calvin Coolidge
The terrier approach is the best way to be consistent – latching onto something and not letting go – not in an obsessive way of course. More like persistence or a quiet determination. That something is higher values. And let’s face it, the world could do with a few of those.
When we taste the joy of higher values, such as unselfishness, compassion, kindness and forgiveness, then we become inspired. This inspiration motivates us to jump out of bed. Literally you wake up with a song in your heart and a spring in your step.
You have a true sense of purpose and you’re determined to make the best use of your time, in ways that are most beneficial to others.
The Key Principle of Success
No matter what we want to accomplish in life, without consistency we’ll not achieve anything.
To be consistent we need an inspiring goal. For example, our goal could be to become the best person possible and, through our work, help as many people as we possibly can.
Once we set our goal high, then all our actions must be directed towards achieving that goal. Then there’s power. Like water flowing in the one direction has power. Wind blowing in the one direction has power. So too, actions moving in one direction has tremendous power.
The question is are your actions going in one direction?
Lack of Consistency
Lack of consistency is something that many of us are all too familiar with.
Suppose you set a goal for yourself. Genuinely you believe that one day you’ll achieve it. Then what happens? Life gets in the way. You’re asked to work overtime, there’s a traffic jam, the car breaks down, the weather’s bad, it’s inconvenient, the timing’s not right!
Whatever the reason, there’s always a “legitimate” excuse for lack of consistency.
Wrong! There should never be an excuse for lack of consistency.
“Most people who fail in their dream fail not from lack of ability, but from lack of commitment (and consistency).” – Zig Ziglar
Remember the terrier approach. If you have to let go, do it once just to catch your breath, but otherwise keep moving forward.
Keep moving towards your goal. You will realise it. It’s just a matter of time.
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