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5 Reasons Why Consistency will Help you Build your Dream Life

The Key of Consistency

By The Breatharian BloggerPublished 2 years ago 8 min read
5 Reasons Why Consistency will Help you Build your Dream Life
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“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.” ~Zig Ziglar

Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s better to be good all the time than great some of the time.

That’s because, if you're consistent, you're more likely to be successful.

Talent is important, but it's not the only thing. You need someone you can depend on.

If you're consistent, it shows you're committed and dedicated. This is why it’s far easier to achieve goals when you're consistent, rather than just talented.

Here’s some tips to help you design more dependability into your life:

1. Talent is inborn, but consistency is a choice

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“We all make choices. But, in the end, our choices make us.” ~Unknown

If you're not talented, that's no excuse to be inconsistent.

Some people use “lack of talent” as a reason they are not successful. While we know plenty of successful individuals in life who had zero talent when they started.

Success leaves clues and one of the clues we can find, time and time again, is consistency.

It takes hard work and dedication to be consistent. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t simple.

On the contrast, the principle is SO SIMPLE that many won’t believe it leads to success.

The mind has a lovely way of making things complicated. But you are not in the business of creating more barriers for your belief.

Be in the business, rather, of realizing you have the choice to choose NOW to be consistent.

Even if you weren’t born that way.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~George Eliot

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I remember years and years of playing video games.

Living out my dreams and accomplishments through an avatar.

No matter how hard the bosses were, or how many times I had to repeat the same level, I would always find a way to win.

While gaming on the couch didn’t do much for my self-esteem, it did a lot for my inner success. It was a way to handle my stress, and even pushed me to be the best.

Most of my success in video games came only through my consistency. It wasn’t long until I realized that I could do this in real life.

Actually…I’m lying. It was long. About two decades long to be exact. Which is when I finally realized my excuses don’t mean jack.

I realized I didn’t have to surrender to minor success on a virtual screen. And if you’ve ever been addicted, you know exactly what I mean.

Video games for me were a source of escape. But they also inspired me to be great.

They built mental muscles, fortitude, and will. And all those expansions empower me still.

Realize, your success, may require some skill. You must make up your mind when to go for the kill.

Remember: No matter how talented you may be, hard work is always a necessary component of success.

Stop agonising over talent. It is a misuse of your precious energy.

Focus more on building skill.

Skill is, rather, the result of being consistent with a goal long enough to see the fruits take form.

Even getting to a point where people perceive your SKILLS as a sign of “natural born talent”.

You must be consistent in your efforts to achieve your goals; this is a choice, not a talent.

To be consistent, you must be willing to put in the effort. Lack of talent is no excuse for lack of effort.

Master Sri Akarshana

I remember once taking a yoga class in San Diego, California. Our instructor was a man named “Master Sri Akarshana” (aka Eric Ho on YouTube).

During our yoga session, we were given the challenge of an extremely difficult pose.

Our instructor made it clear to us in the room that “failure is okay. However, not trying is not okay.”

It is a lesson that still lingers with me today.

You cannot rely on anyone else to push you.

You are solely responsible for your own consistency.

2. Jobs vs Personal Goals

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Jobs have in-built consistency because they are designed to be performed in a certain way.

They have a specific purpose and we know what is expected of us.

Personal goals, on the other hand, are much more open-ended.

We may have a general idea of what we want to achieve, but it may feel much harder to stick to a specific plan.

Especially if we have not developed the habit of being consistent.

Many people do not have the patience to write down or pursue a personal goal.

We may also be more likely to change our goals as we go along, which can make it difficult to maintain consistency.

Since jobs are typically based on set hours, tasks and responsibilities, they practically remove the need to set personal goals.

Personal goals can be seen as more fluid and varied, making them harder for people to stick to in the long-term.

This is often why people find it easier to stay consistent with their job commitments than their personal goals – because they have a clear plan to follow.

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” ~Jim Rohn

Remember: Just like an archer, if you aim at nothing, you hit nothing.

You must make the choice on whether or not you will have a plan for your life.

The alternative being, that you may end up having it planned for you.

3. Consistency never comes easy (or does it?)

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There is a widespread belief that consistency is hard.

This is actually a half-truth.

Consistency is hard, not because it is inherently difficult but, because what is easy to do is also easy not to do.

One of the greatest books I ever read taught me this. It was called “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson.

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill

It takes guts to maintain the same level of effort and enthusiasm over a long period of time.

But that is precisely how many have achieved massive success.

As I am writing this article for you, I don’t feel this immense pressure. That is because I have done it so many times.

I remember one of my mentors telling me that “millionaires are just regular people who did the things that anyone else could do.”

The crucial key to note here is not the things they did, but that they DID the things.

“The law of nature is: Do the thing, and you shall have the power, but they who do not the thing have not the power.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It's easy to start off strong, but it's much harder to keep going when things get tough.

Can you be consistent, even when it is not convenient?

Can you be consistent, even when the initial feeling is not there?

Being consistent is seen as tough at times because it requires effort and discipline.

This is why it can feel easy to fall into bad habits, and deemed difficult to stick to a routine.

Consistency can also be challenging because it seen as boring or monotonous.

But tell that to me when I was sitting on the couch playing video games all day. Trust me, I had no problems being consistent.

This means that, you can find magic in the monotonous. And you can gain by doing things that others find mundane.

Realize that, with the right motivation, consistency is easy.

However, motivation is often like rocket fuel. It gets you going quickly and burns out just as quickly.

This is why you must train yourself to be consistent without motivation, and that is what we call discipline.

Consistency is what separates the people who achieve their goals from those who give up.

If you want to be successful, you need to find a way to keep going even when things get tough.

It does not always feel easy, but it is more simple than it seems.

4. Consistency is not equal to Intensity

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Consistency does not mean that you are working hard all the time.

You can be consistent without putting in a lot of intensity. You can also be intense without being consistent.

Consistency is about doing something regularly. Intensity is about how hard you work.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle

Being intense all the time can actually be counterproductive.

You need to find a balance between being intense and being relaxed.

Being intense at all times can quickly lead to burnout.

Being relaxed and consistent can actually help you achieve your personal goals.

Think of the way that water works in the world. Water is the softest substance, yet it can break down and erode the hardest substance (rock).

Does water wear down rock merely because of its pressure, or is it able to do it because of its consistency?

Being consistent shows that you are committed to your goals. Like water, you just keep coming.

Remember: Intensity can come and go, but consistency is key.

Find the right balance between intensity and consistency and you have found your key to success.

5. Consistency requires having faith in the chosen path

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Consistency is not always knowing the path, but having the faith you'll find it.

It's about being persistent and never giving up, no matter how tough the journey gets.

It's about having the courage to keep going even when you can't see what's ahead.

It's about trusting that you will find your way, even when the road is winding and unclear.

It's about knowing that the journey is just as important as the destination.

It's about learning and growing from every experience, good or bad.

It's about staying true to yourself and your values, no matter what.

It's about never giving up on your dreams, no matter how impossible they may seem.

It's about always believing in yourself, even when others doubt you.

It's about knowing that consistency is the key to success in any endeavor.

By getting to this point in the article, you already know you have what it takes to be consistent.

Remember that all you need is within you now.

I believe you have the ability to do what it takes.

Do you?

What you can do

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Consistency can take your life to places you never dreamed of.

Try something new each day until you find an activity you really like?

Once you've found your new favorite activity, turn it into a daily habit.

Then, build a system around the habit and be patient.

Your patience will pay off as your consistency climbs.

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About the Creator

The Breatharian Blogger

Here to inspire you on your journey. ✊🏾

Connect with me on IG @jromeshaw

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