012 Consistency: the art of showing up

“Success comes through sustained effort. (The key word in that sentence is not “effort.” It’s “sustained.”)” —Todd Brison

Being consistent with a task. Anything. In any field, I believe is the most dominant factor to winning. Talent, effort, desire, discipline, strategy, execution plans—all those revolve around being consistent. Talent is useless, if not worked upon everyday to be improved even further. What is the need for effort if only put up to use once in a while and not maintained everyday. What is desire if not worked toward achieving every single day. C0nsistency is a form of great discipline. And what are your strategies and plans for if not really executed on.

“Most people knock on the door of their dreams once, then run away before anyone has a chance to the open the door. But if you keep knocking, persistently and endlessly, eventually the door will open.”— Les Brown

Just showing up to do something everyday is the key to be succeeding according to your intentions in it. Some days it’s easy to show up, for example, working out. It’s really easy to go to the gym and pump up some reps when you’re feeling motivated to do so. But stepping out when you don’t feel like it, when it’s painful or annoying, or boring to do so, when we step out to workout during those hard times, that is what leads to mastery and professionalism in the skill. The secret to getting results that last is to never stop making improvements. Getting after it every single day. Being consistent with the task.

As James Clear notes in his remarkable book ‘Atomic Habits’: The only way to become excellent is to be endlessly fascinated by doing the same thing over and over. You have to fall in love with boredom.

We need to love the process of showing up to the practice every day. Do the same drills and practice the same techniques over and over again to master the skill. And be “excellent” at it.

When we become consistent, I feel like we fill up for all the gaps that are “required” for so-called success. Consistency and just showing up everyday fills up for everything. And nothing matters but putting in those 10,000 hours of training into the skill, sport or whatever really.

With that, I want to keep myself accountable and try and write one article a day, everyday, on this blog. I’ve been doing that since the past 12 days, but there’s still a long way to go. I’ll try my best and keep writing.

Remember: consistency is key.

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