What does consistency mean to you? We all have dreams and aspirations, but sometimes they seem out of reach. When it comes down to it, most of us aren’t able to commit and stay consistent. Of course there are many principles to achievement, but consistency is the foundation.
This is essentially repetition. From a week to week and month to month basis, progress can seem slow or even non-existent, but consistency over long periods of time can create leaps of progress. When we stay consistent with our goals and constantly raise the bar, we're able to exponentially grow. When we dive into the lives of anyone who achieved greatness, from Steve Jobs to Roger Federer, we see extreme growth because of constant pursuit. Intensity and raising standards are vital, but they mean nothing without the constant effort to improve yourself every day.
Those who have achieved greatness have rituals to be consistent. The most common ritual is a specific morning routine, which is practiced every day. With rituals, we're able to create the habit of being consistent. The habit of consistency allows us to focus and conquer each day one step at a time. This is why it's difficult to stick to something new, but easy to continue something we've been doing with ease. Once we get into the groove of repetition, it's easy for us to fall back on habit rather than discipline.
Everything takes hard work, focus, and the desire to improve. If we implement more consistency, our results can compound. The wonderful thing about this principle is you have full control over it. You can control your consistency in anything you do. When we take responsibility over what we can change, we empower ourselves to create a life we never thought was possible.
"It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It's what we do consistently." -Tony Robbins