It is without a doubt the biggest key to success. It will out perform talent, luck, social standing, or any other quality you can think of. You can have the worst possible odds stacked against you, and still come out ahead if you have this one quality going for you. Consistency!
It’s something many of us struggle with. It’s easy to get excited about something… a new idea, a new job, a new workout program… but when the “new” wears off, where does that leave you?
Unless you are consistent, you just won’t see the results you are hoping for.
I would like to say that I’m super consistent. And sometimes I am! When I started my fitness journey, I worked out almost every day for 3 1/2 years. The only days I took off were scheduled rest days. The payoff was amazing progress. I lost weight, I developed muscle, I looked younger than I had in years, my blood pressure dropped down to the level of an athlete. I had to buy new clothes because my old ones were too big. It was great! I even entered a bikini contest. I didn’t win, but that was okay. I shouldn’t have. The winners were far more fit and muscular than I was. And it was an amazing experience just being on stage to celebrate what I had achieved.
Then I took the advice of everyone… family, friends, acquaintances — even professional body builders — and I took a month off, that became six weeks, and then eight weeks… I had the hardest time finding momentum again to be consistent. I thought maybe a new workout program would do it. It didn’t. I thought maybe a new goal altogether would do it. So, I signed up for the Little Rock Marathon. I ran the marathon, but training for that was a struggle as well, and I didn’t do anything after the marathon.
Not that I didn’t “try”. I started, stopped, had a bunch of excuses why I couldn’t do it.
Then I had to start wearing size 8’s because my size 6 jeans didn’t fit anymore.The hardest thing to get into shape is the first to go when you stop working out. Click To Tweet
Let me tell you a little secret about fitness. The hardest thing to get into shape (abs for me), the thing that takes the longest, is the first to go when you stop working out.
Maybe taking a break would be the right thing for you to do. Apparently it was the right thing for the body builders who recommended I do that. But, for me, it was wrong, wrong, wrong!
One full year after I was in the best shape of my life, I am happy to say that I am in Week 3 of consistently working out again… every day. If I miss my morning workout, I get it done before I go to bed that night. If it’s a rest day, I work on flexibility. Three weeks in, I’m starting to get back that familiar feeling of not wanting to miss my workout — and, I’m starting to see results again. My clothes aren’t as tight as they were. My muscles are becoming more defined. I’m hopeful that I’ll get back to where I was much faster this time around.You will never achieve what you were created and designed to do without consistency. Click To Tweet
So, why am I telling you this? Because there is something you want to be, do or have in your life. There is something that is important to you, and you’ve just been dabbling in it. It’s time to commit and become consistent. You will never achieve everything you were created and designed to do until you learn to become consistent.
There is not a single human activity that doesn’t require consistency for excellence. Relationships require it. Occupations require it. Artistic endeavors require it. Physical fitness requires it.
Sometimes we have too much going on to be able to be consistent. That’s what I’ve been struggling with. Your job, then, is to simplify your life. Find things that you don’t need to do that are taking precious time away from what you have to do in order to succeed. Hire someone if necessary to free up your time. But find a way to be consistent.
You will never succeed without consistency. With consistency, you will outshine the brightest star in your field.