We can change the direction of our life or dreams through the meanings we assign to these two elements. We don’t need to develop them any further because, by nature, we unknowingly use both consistency and persistence in response to many negative forces in our lives, such as when fighting procrastination or laziness. You know when life knocks you down and you spend days and nights sleeping? This is consistency and persistence with a purpose of which we are not aware.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the actor and professional wrestler, once said, “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” If we are not consistent, we are likely to develop undesirable bad habits. We might be inconsistent about show up for work on time, fail to wake before our chosen time in the morning, not complete certain daily exercises, not meet a daily writing goal of 1000 words, not follow our plans, and so on. Most of the time, when we fail, it is, in part, because we fail to realize that we are inconsistent and lack persistence.
“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence,” said Hal Borland, a well-known American author. I do not know how many times I have walked across the grass and then, the next day, noticed is it either greener or seemingly stronger. Who can relate to that? I know that many of you can. If not, you have heard the adage, “The grass is always greener on the other side,” right? Let me share this with you: You don’t have to go to the other side for greener grass, because you can grow and water your damn grass. No matter how hard things are, you must be persistent, because then you will be the strong, hearty grass on top of a mountain, not the grass below or around it. If you feel hurt while working hard, I will be honest with you, millions more people are probably feeling hurt as well, but many of them will make it, thanks to persistence. Put more effort into what you’re doing, even if you are struggling and feel hurt.
Again, if you want to bring something new to this year, I advise you to follow this advice:
- Be consistent.
- Be persistent.
Food for thought: Can consistency and persistence change from person to person?
Challenge: Ask yourself what you want to become in life, because you can either be indispensable or replaceable. Be specific about your answer. I want you to be aware of what you are asking yourself. Ask yourself why you want to be indispensable through consistency and persistence.
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Happy New Year!