“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”. – Aristotle
Hello guys, here we are again on day 4 of #LAST70DAYSOF2013. We had a good time in yesterday’s edition of the series discussing why ideas are so important and how to act on our ideas to make them come to pass. Today, we will continue in the series with “adhering to a consistent and persistent lifestyle”. I consider today’s edition to be very vital for your 2014. Read on to see why!
It is very easy to start anything. But it is not easy to continue with it. Many people are pioneers of great ventures or were there when it started but most of them always give up and give in along the way, probably because the journey became too hard to handle or they lost their zeal and enthusiasm to follow through to the end. This is because the thin line between failure and success is made up of consistency and persistence.
Therefore, to achieve success, it is important that you adhere to a consistent and persistent lifestyle whenever you have any set target. Many started 2013 very well. They maintained a daily calendar of to-do-list, they kept to each appointment, they exercised daily to keep fit, they read a chapter of the bible or a book a day, and they knelt by their bed and prayed every morning. But before the end of the first quarter, they were caught up in the heat of the rat race common to men who think they need to prove a point and so mingled with the crowd in the race and began to lose focus of how they began the year. They became inconsistent with their initial dreams and passion for the year. Here is the point, until you have tried something new for a period of time and in a consistent manner, you can’t decide if it works or not. This may be one of the reasons why you feel 2013 has not been fair enough…….
Consistency produces persistence and both combine together to produce success. If one becomes inconsistent in carrying out the basic routine that affirms commitment to success, they definitely will lose persistence when the going gets tough and then, the chance of achieving success becomes gloomy and slim. And so, their inconsistency sapped them of the strength to persevere, hence they became non-persistent and consequently, did not succeed in their pursuit. That is to say, people with consistent lifestyle have better tendency to succeed faster than those without it. This is why you need to adhere to a consistent and persistent lifestyle in 2014.
One good thing about consistency is that you get better in whatever you do when you repeatedly act on it over time. It gives you mastery over aspect of life in which you have been consistent and whatever you have mastery over becomes your playing field. Consistent people easily gain the trust of people around them and so are able to gain support for their vision and projects, unlike inconsistent people.
Today’s article brings to mind one man who is a typical example of the virtue we are talking about. He is no other than Thomas Edison. We remember him as the one who discovered the incandescent light bulb. History had it that he tried several hundred times before he finally discovered how to make a light bulb. Can you imagine what would have happened if he was not consistent and persistent enough? Today he has given several generations he never saw something remarkable for which he will forever be remembered. Are you an off-and-on person? Are you easily irritated because it is not working? Are you afraid to keep trying? Then you need to change for the better.
I think that you and I can, through consistent and persistent lifestyle – a lifestyle that never says never, never gives up, never stops trying, find expression in 2014 in a dimension that will make a relevant impact even in generations ahead of ours.
Keep these four in mind as you pursue this great lifestyle of consistency and persistence –
Discipline yourself to continue│Be patient with yourself and other people│Take actions on stuffs that matter daily│Maintain your focus
Prayer: You will be stable in your ideas, thoughts, ways and actions in 2014. You will not stagger in your strength. You will be firm as you approach your God-given dreams and vision in 2014. Amen!