That may seem like a strange thought, but isn’t it true? Especially in regards to developing consistency with intentional growth and development…..I believe it is.
The bottom line is, consistency isn’t easy. We are enamored daily with technology, we struggle with the daily demands of family and work, and we constantly fight our programmed internal need for instant gratification.
As John Maxwell states in his book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, “Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing. That’s the Law of Consistency. It doesn’t matter how talented you are. It doesn’t matter how many opportunities you receive. If you want to grow, consistency is key.”
Do you find yourself constantly waiting for motivation? And then waiting for more motivation…..? How is that working for you?
I always think about the success rate of NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS. Have you ever approached a new year with excitement surrounding a personal goal to lose weight, read more books, pray/meditate more, etc? If you’re lucky, maybe you actually stuck with your January goal for a period of time, and achieved some level of success. But why is it that more times than not, our resolutions always end in disappointment?
The good news is that it’s not rocket science, it’s actually very simple. When the motivation runs out, the lack of consistency and discipline show its unpleasant face.
We constantly say we want to do something, or to change something in our lives without first recognizing the lack of consistency and discipline that created that want in life, or need for change.
Developing consistency requires discipline. There’s no way around it. When we fail to exercise the discipline of consistency regarding a desired outcome in our lives, we are taking a ‘blindfolded swing’ at the ever elusive piñata.
What can you do today to start developing consistency around a personal goal you’ve set for yourself?
Take some time to consider a recent goal that you didn’t achieve and see if you can trace back to the root cause of the missed opportunity. Was the discipline of consistency evident to ensure the outcome was successful? What does this teach you?
I look forward to discovering more on the topic of Consistency with you this week.
Have a great day!