Showing Up Is Half the Work (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 78)
“What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.”
— Gretchen Rubin
Consistent, dedicated performance determines the quality, longevity, and outcome of our lives and relationships. Consistency in life is the door through which trust walks and takes up residence. If you do not develop some consistency, stability, and genuine honesty in your life and about what you do, you cannot expect to succeed, or at the very least, stay successful. Becoming successful requires perseverance; staying successful requires consistency.
If you just do a little bit every single day, over time you will reach your goals and realize your dreams. Consistency is not about perfection. It is simply about sticking with what you said you’re going to do until you get it done. No matter how hard it gets or difficult it seems, you don’t give up. We become what we dream of becoming by consistently doing the things that get us there. The mother of consistency is discipline. Discipline and consistency walk hand-in-hand, day in and day out, until they bring forth their child named success.
Why do many people win awards for their creative work over and over again? Because they consistently work to bring forth their best over and over again. To be a great writer, you have to write with regularity. To be an engaging speech-maker, you have to practice slowly, steadily, and surely. To be good or great at anything in the world requires you to never give up. You must trust your instincts and the creative talent you have been given and to practice until you become who you were meant to be.
Many people give up right before success. You will not get much accomplished if you only hustle it out on the days you feel good. The days I feel particularly good are very few. Most days I don’t feel so well. In fact, most times I feel like staying in bed all day, doing nothing and dealing with nothing. But I don’t do that. I get up and do what I need to do to create the life I want to live. Consistency takes courage and without courage you won’t get much anything else done in life.
Half of the hard work is just showing up to life every single day. Being consistent puts you ahead of the majority of people in almost anything you do who just show up when they feel like it. Make your level of consistency last longer than everybody else and you’ll soon accomplish more than anybody else, not because you’re smarter or faster, but because you’ve got more guts to persevere. If there’s a secret to life (and there really isn’t) it is this: the people who consistently work at something for a long time will eventually succeed and sustain their success longer than everybody else.
“If you are persistent, you will get it. If you are consistent, you will keep it.”
— Jeromy Shingongo