Consistency might seem hard most especially when no one is cheering you. What I have observed is we wait for big changes to just happen “someday” when circumstances are perfect instead of grooming small habits over time. We spend all this time whining on how unhappy we are with our circumstances wishing they were different, waiting for the ”right time” to come. It is time to cease from being deceived by this myth. Circumstances will never be perfect and there will never be a perfect time other than now.
Achieving a goal is just a product of doing the same thing over and over again until you get there, it does not happen suddenly, it metamorphosizes over time. Although this process of metamorphosis might be accompanied by a lot of discomforts, having to do some little, boring and monotonous things daily. Denying yourself of some things you love doing and a lot more. But I will love you to look around and you will notice that there is no change without some form of discomfort. Remember the saying ” tough times don’t last only tough people do“. If you can persist and endure the discomfort for some time, you will reap the benefits in the long run. If your talent takes you somewhere, it takes expertise to get you retained there. Someone said ”no one is born a professional but years of consistent practice brands one“.
I remember being a good runner back in school. It gave me a lot of prestige and popularity among my colleagues. Those eulogies still ring in my head. I was proud of myself, I gave myself to frequent rigorous trainings which made me undefeated by my peers. I was a champion! Mind you, I was just a Local Champion. After school, the story changed. I got so busy I could not train anymore, there was no one to challenge, every circumstance seemed unfavourable. Not quite long after I left school, I was challenged by an old friend of mine to come run with him. Due to my past performances, I had this confidence in myself, I thought I could triumph over him. To cut the long heartbreaking story short, my performance was woeful and I was so devastated! I had only stopped training for a few months and it cost me my strength, speed, endurance, almost everything. Can you now see how much lack of consistency in what you do can cost you? It is capable of making you lose all you have toiled for.
However, it must be noted that the reason most people failed or are failing to be consistent with what they do is because they never had a clear picture of what they wanted, so they found themselves jumping from one activity to another and in the long run they end up as Jack of all trade and master of none. A clear picture of what you want will keep you motivated, because you have the end in mind.
Success in any field of life is not about the intensity or force applied. For instance, spending nine hours in the gym will not get you into shape but devoting just twenty minutes to working out every day would probably give you your desired result. Let your goals be your greatest motivation. Fall in love with them again and again.
Remember, if you are persistent, you will get it. If you are consistent you will keep it.
Article written by Paul Odetunde.