Most people are inconsistent. They set a goal or challenge, identify what is required to achieve it, do a few of the actions or not at all, and then eventually quit or move onto something else.
Take exercising as an example. Did you know that gym memberships go up significantly in January of each year? This is because lots of people set a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and then proceed to purchase a membership at their local gym.
Any of you gym bros out there are well aware of the annoying “Resolutioners” who use all of your equipment without a clue as to what they are doing and leave by February 1st.
What happened, you may ask?
The Real Problem
Those people who stopped going failed to remain consistent. They tried to adopt a new habit that would enable them to achieve their goal of becoming more physically fit, but they didn’t have the discipline to maintain that habit consistently.
They say it takes at least two to three solid weeks to adopt a new habit, or ritual. Unfortunately the average person doesn’t stay consistent enough for those two to three weeks to create the initial habit, or regular ritual.
Consistency is vital for long term success
Remaining consistent in achieving their personal goals is what makes an average person become someone great. They can keep specific habits and rituals done on a daily basis, to achieve their given milestones and goals over a week, months and even years.
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan, who is often referred to as the greatest basketball player of all time, practiced the fundamentals consistently every day for several years before he made it to the NBA. Even as he was playing at a professional level, he practiced the same drills and movements that he practiced for years, over and over and over again.
He was so consistent for such a long period of time that his movements on the court became instinct; almost second nature. He could perform at such an incredibly high level, a level that most would describe as unworldly, because he was so consistent.
It’s Not all About Talent
The average person mistakenly believes that it is an abnormal, almost magical talent that makes someone successful, but this is not true at all. Behind every success story is a remarkable story of remaining consistent.
Specific behaviours repeated consistently for extended periods of time have a major effect on the level of success you will inherit. Likewise, you may have all the amazing talent in the world, but if you don’t remain consistent, you won’t reap the rewards of that talent.
The secret to becoming a champion at anything is not a matter of possessing remarkable talent but the continuation of being consistent over and over again. The secret to success and extraordinary results, are the repeated actions of doing the right things daily, weekly, over and over, just as MJ did.