Lately I’ve been asking myself, “What’s keeping you from accomplishing your next goals?” For the most part, I’m decent at planning and figuring out the steps I should take, but sometimes I find myself stalled, standing completely still, not really doing but yet still expecting or hoping that something will happen. Why not? I’m mostly a good guy with mostly good intentions, right?
Well, being a good person and/or being benevolent doesn’t automatically mean I can or even will accomplish my goals. I don’t even think closely following a specific set of steps is the way to achieve what we desire.
Now, this isn’t to say that appropriate steps or processes are not important, but there is one element of success that I’ve learned is most essential–consistency. To date, I’ve completed thirteen half marathons. Leading up to each race, I experimented with a new training plan; I took different steps. No matter the steps, I found that I performed best if my preparation and training had been consistent.
I shouldn’t hope or expect or pray to achieve any goal if I’m not consistently working whatever plan I’ve chosen to follow. For example, when it comes to the goal of achieving a healthy weight, people often say, “I’ve tried everything, but…” While this may be true, it is usually also true that we have NOT been consistent for a long enough time to seal our success.
Earlier, this year I finished my first book. Yippee! It will release early next year. I selected steps from various plans on how to move through the process of writing a book. Offhand, I can’t recall each step of my plan, but I do remember that I established a primary time and location to write each week. I remained consistent with this no matter what even when I had writer’s block.
Being consistent builds self-discipline. Self-discipline is the key to upholding success.
Q: Starting November 1st, what are you gonna be consistent with until December 31st? Share in the comments section. Let’s do this.
A: For me, it’s sleeping better. I have terrible sleep habits.
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