In this article, I will be covering how and why consistency is key to success. How many people have you seen start something today with every passion and energy they could summon and within a year of starting, they have suddenly receded 1n their commitment to the task? Your answer is probably many.
Look around you, you will see athletes, musicians or even small business owners with great promise and talents, who were making strides in their profession but as soon they start tasting success and all the perks that comes with it, they switch their attention to enjoying their success.
Why do most people have the habit of reducing their hard work once they start tasting success? The answer comes in two-folds. (1) They believe they have done enough. (2) Consistency is difficult.
The world will live in has no favourites. This is why Apostle Peter made the statement in Acts 10:34 “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons”. When you stop putting in the hard work, the results stop. God/Universe/Infinite Mind/Mother Nature plays no favourites.
In my personal observation, I have come to realise a great truth and that truth is that “anyone who is consistent in their diligence to their chosen profession will become a great success within 5 years”. This is something my years of collecting data from various people had shown.
Erratic hard work will give you the impression of success when you are actually still in the same position but consistent diligence will catapult you to great success in 5 years or less.
Erratic Hard Work Is Your Enemy
If you look carefully, you would have noticed among your friends that there are those that are always trying to lose weight. These people have been trying to lose weight for years but the weight never seems to recede.
Why are they not losing this weight? The answer isn’t difficult. It’s their inconsistency that is keeping the weight there.
I have been going to the gym for several years now and I have seen people who have been trying to lose weight for a long time but their body never changes and I have seen others who joined the gym with the aim of losing weight and within a year they have lost more than 40 kg in weight.
The difference between those losing weight and those who ain’t losing weight is their consistency. A lot of people have this habit whereby they are fully committed to their task this month and uninterested the next month. This erratic commitment always gives the impression that progress is being made when no progress is actually being made.
For you to attain success in any endeavour, you must become conscious of the fact that “on today, off tomorrow” will only ensure that you remain in the same position.
The Fan Effect
The fan effect is an analogy I really like because everyone can easily understand it. We all know that whenever will switch off a fan the blades don’t stop rotating immediately. In fact, the fan will still continue to produce air for a few seconds at least before it gradually stops.
This is exactly the same with everything. When an individual stops putting in the hard work required in his or her chosen profession, the effect is not immediately felt because the “blades” are still spinning albeit they are slowing down.
The person only starts noticing that results have changed when the “blades” have completely halted.
Unfortunately for most, it is only when they experience a major failure in something they expected to be successful in, that they suddenly realised that they haven’t been doing their “homework“. Remember what Apostle Paul said, “Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons“.
When you stop putting in the required diligence for success in your profession, the result stops coming but you will not notice this immediately because of “the fan effect“.
If God/Universe/Infinite Mind/Mother Nature was a respecter of persons, then you could live on your past labour or glory but God isn’t. There is a price to pay for everything and when you stop paying the price, the results will definitely stop coming.
If you have stopped putting in the required hard work for your success, and for some strange reason, you are still getting the results you used to get, my advice to you right now is this; “get back to work“.
If you don’t get back to putting in the required work, you will certainly experience failure when you least expect it. Failure has a habit of showing up when it’s least expected but when you make the conditions perfect for it by being lazy, it becomes impossible for it not to turn up.
The great thing about life is that each of us is directly responsible for his or her results in life. And since consistency is key to success, it falls on you to decide if you truly want to be successful and how quickly you want to be successful.
It is never about the volume of work but about the consistency of work. This leads us to the next section of this article. Little Drops of Water.
Little Drops Of Water
Am sure you are familiar with the quote “little drops of water make a mighty ocean”. When you look at a mighty ocean you might struggle to believe that little “continuous“ drops of water from a nearby rock could make that mighty ocean but I can guarantee you that it did.
If you are having trouble accepting this statement, just look at Facebook. At first, it was just a website developed at a University dorm for grading girls for their beauty. Gradually and consistently more functions were added to it that made it good enough to be rolled out for other uses and other universities in America.
But the hard work was consistent and due to this consistency, it gradually became one of the top 3 websites visited in the world right now with billions of visitors daily.
I have seen YouTube channels with 50K plus subscribers and what these people always said was that they only upload videos once a week but they were consistent with their uploads. There are those who have uploaded more videos with fewer subscribers but these people with more videos and fewer subscribers are also inconsistent.
I repeat, it is never about how much you do but how consistently you can do it. For example: if you think that right now, you can honestly afford to go to the gym twice every week. Keep to that routine. Follow it religiously, this is how you get results.
Consistency is the key to success because it is the law of nature. It is what is required to achieve success. Have you ever heard that the sun changed its position or it took the day off? No, you haven’t. And there is a reason for that. For success to be attained, there must be consistency in the amount of work done.
The Infinite Mind – God, plays by the law of consistency, which is why He is no respecter of persons. You get back what you put in. Your name and your record means nothing once you stop putting in the required hard work.
The shortcut to success is to be obsessed with your profession. If you are obsessed with your profession, then the consistency of diligence will happen without any difficulty.
And remember you are not competing with anyone but yourself. Be true to yourself and determine today what about of work you can do consistently. After you do this, execute the work consistently and I guarantee you that success will come if you are patient enough.
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