The Importance of Boring Old Consistency When Striving for Our Dreams

A lesson that I have picked up from lots of the books and podcasts that I have listened to recently is the importance of consistency when we are aiming for a particular vision.

What does that mean?

It seems that many successful people appreciate the value of the long game; the war of attrition, often against ourselves, when we are trying to achieve a dream.

If your dream is to write a book; write every day. Even on the days when writing feels like the last thing that you want to do, have a routine that you are committed to and just sit down and write. If you only write 50 words, you have written something and you kept up your routine.

If you want to lose fat and build muscle; have a routine and stick to it. If on chest day you get home from work late and can’t make the gym and you’re exhausted; drop and do 10 press ups.

If you want to develop a daily mediation practice but one day you’re can’t fit it in anywhere; just do one mindful breath.

If you want to start a business and aim to work on the business plan everyday but feel that you can’t fit it in; do a couple of minutes during a quiet moment in the bathroom!

The key elements here are the consistency, having a routine that you are committed to and also realising that that allow you to stick to that routine you don’t need to move mountains every day. Whatever you do, just do something to keep up that routine and make sure that you overcome the resistance which manifests as procrastination, denial and avoidance.

As a certain large company once said, Just do it!

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