I thoroughly enjoy this quote. It really speaks such a deep truth. Success in any area of life comes from the consistency of a process, from the development of habits that directly contribute to that success.
I believe everyone has a deep seated desire to do more, and to reach a higher level of potential. Most people just lack a general understanding of ‘how’ to accomplish that. It is a misfortune that the current education system does nothing to promote very basic concepts that elevate participants to higher levels of understanding.
Our habits, our consistent actions and behaviors create ‘life deposits’ that pay dividends into our successes, and/or failures for that matter. But it doesn’t stop there.
As Charlene Armitage noted, “Habits turn actions into attitudes, and attitudes into lifestyles.” Think about that for a second. Your lifestyle is the result of an attitude, which is the result of your actions. Have you ever considered the Power of Habit in this regard? When I first grasped this truth, it caused me to take a long pause and consider how I was spending my time, and on what activities each day.
There are some who believe that certain people are ‘gifted’, or ‘meant’ for success. I guess that really creates strong motivation for the rest of us!Studies and research on successful people reveals something very different.
What the data shows is that successful people don’t possess some special gift or special degree that sets them apart from the rest of mankind, but they do consistently spend their time doing things that other people aren’t willing to do. They make conscious choices to position their lives to serve their purpose, whatever that may be.
Jim Tressel, the famous football coach said this, “The hallmark of excellence, the test of greatness, is consistency.”
To become great, to enjoy success, you must master the art of consistency.
Spend a few minutes today and think about an area in your life where you need to be more consistent. Set a small goal for the next week and see how successful you are in developing consistency.