Consistency is Key
If there is one piece of advice I could give you to be successful, it is to get started. If I could tell you one thing to do after you get started, it is to be Consistent!! Consistency is KEY!! There are plenty of quotes on consistency out there. I posted a picture of the Grand Canyon in here because it truly represents the best thing in consistency to me. The Grand Canyon is a huge ravine in the ground that has been carved over countless years by water. That’s right, the same stuff you stand under to get clean every day in the shower. If If you didn’t know any better and I showed you a picture of all that eroded rock and that huge ravine, and then told you that you had to stand under a shower of it every day for at least 5 minutes, you would probably lose your mind. Well, first of all, the body is regenerative and the Canyon isn’t, but beside that, it’s the same stuff that is vital to life for us. So, how did these little drops of water that we play in during the summer, that kids run through, that we use to get clean and drink for life carve such a huge ravine in the earth? One drop at a time. I remember telling someone when they were hitting baseballs into the fence, that if they kept doing that, it would damage the fence beyond repair. Truly, you couldn’t see anyplace that the ball had hit the chain link fence. But on the other side of the park was a fence that was in bad need of replacement because coaches let the kids hit balls into it all the time. Consistency. Repetition. Over and Over doing the same things. Little drops of water running over rocks. Baseballs being hit into a fence. They led up to a huge ravine in the earth and a fence that needed replacement. Consistency is Key!!
Most people aren’t Consistent
My son is playing baseball again at 15 yrs old. They were having their team devotion this morning. The team chaplain got one of the kids up there and said, nice uniform. You look like a baseball player. Were you a good baseball player the very first time you ever put on a uniform? Of course he said “No sir”. What did it take for them to become better baseball players? They had to focus and they had to be consistent. They practice four days a week right now getting ready for the season. When they go out on the field, they are consistent. They stretch and warmup. They get a partner and throw. They run some of the same drills. They take batting practice. They are consistent. Consistency is Key. They can’t go out and practice one or two days a week and expect to get good. They have to work on their physical fitness. They have to do it more days a week than they don’t. The coaches know that. The players know that. Even when they go to the plate, they have a routine. Maybe they hit the plate with their bat. Maybe they hit their cleats. They are Consistent. The best players are consistent in their routines and how they approach the game. Most people aren’t consistent. I tell people in our Beachbody Business all the time, it is better to make 1 contact a day for 30 days than 30 contacts in 1 day and then not doing anything for the next 29 days. Consistency is Key. Most people aren’t consistent and that is a big reason for their failure.
Becoming Consistent and Successful
When starting a new endeavor, it is important to be Consistent. You will have to be Consistent long before you become successful. In fact, I will venture to say you will NEVER become successful if you don’t first become CONSISTENT!! Consistency is Key!! So, when you start a new workout program, or when you start a new nutritional program, consistency is key. Making small little deposits in your fitness or nutrition, or your career, or your family or whatever else you are doing will add up over time. You won’t be the best at what you do overnight, but the more you do it and the more you look toward the future knowing if you miss a day here and there, you just simply have to start back over again takes the pressure off. But if you aren’t consistent and you try to get it all done at one time and make up on what you missed because you haven’t been making those small deposits over time, you will feel overwhelmed and failure is imminent. So, be consistent with what you do. If you fall off the wagon, get back up and get back on it. Don’t let a day of inactivity derail you but be consistent in everything you do and over time, those small deposits will be just like the little drops of water that eventually carved a ravine in the landscape and created the Grand Canyon and the baseballs impacting the fence one at a time until over a couple of years, the fence has to be replaced. Consistency is KEY!!