It’s blatantly obvious being consistent in something is powerful, but I never really HAVE been consistent at anything. Look at my blogging habits for example. Right now I’m blogging everyday, but there have been MONTHS in between posts at times. Inconsistency.
Even through school I would have strong periods of doing well in all my classes…followed by a total fall-behind. Inconsistency.
So when I did the Six Pack Experiment and used MyBodyTutor I had to answer everyday to Adam (whom I didn’t want to disappoint), and also to NevBlog readers (whom I also didn’t want to disappoint). I also had a solid end goal in mind (getting a six pack) which I didn’t want to miss. TRIPLE accountability definitely helped me stay on track.
Adam probably used the word “Consistency” more than any other during that experiment…and how true it was.
As Earl Nightingale put it:
Plan out what you want to do for the day. Accomplish it, and that will be a successful day.
Have 5 or 7 successful days in a row, and you’ve had a successful week.
Do this 4 times and you’ve had a successful month.
Imagine a bricklayer building a wall. He starts with laying a single brick. He may be able to lay 200 bricks in a day. Everyday he continues laying the bricks, and after a while an immense building can be made. However it all happened with single bricks, day after day, week after week of diligent work.
It’s such a simple concept I truly don’t think I’ve ever applied till this Six Pack Experiment! Imagine…I’m 27 years old and never ONCE have been consistent for over 3 months in anything. Definitely a late bloomer.
However lately I’ve been keeping the consistency up. I learned that after about 120 days of MyBodyTutor the eating habits I developed stuck around. I’ve done 30 day experiments before in consistency, but it seems it takes me 4X longer to learn than most people to learn.
The crazy thing is, when I’ve applied consistency to something and its done very well….I wasn’t even working that hard! Usually I would just do a moderate amount of work each day towards the goal, and if I do that little work EVERY DAY it usually ends in a BIG RESULT.
SO I can either be inconsistent and garner decent results with periods of laziness followed by working very hard.
Just be moderately productive EVERY DAY and garner BIG results.
I 100% accredit this notion to Earl Nightingale. I heard this on his Direct Line series of tapes. If you don’t know who Earl Nightingale is, do yourself a favor and AT LEAST do a YouTube search on him.
He tells a story (and I’m paraphrasing here):
During the Great Depression, there was an over abundance of people going around to businesses “asking for jobs.” They’d literally go up to a place of business and ask if they had an positions available. No one was hiring.
Well I had a friend, who during the most severe economic crisis in American history, got a great job and prospered.
Why did HE get a job while MILLIONS could not?
The millions who could not find employment remind me of the story of the man who told the stove, “Give me heat, THEN I’ll add wood.”
My friend took the opposite approach:
First, he sat down and decided what type of work would be agreeable to him. Something that at least moderately interested him.
Next, he learned ALL HE COULD about that business. He devoured books from the library on the subject, took notes, read articles, asked question to people already in the business, read trade magazines and EVERYTHING HE COULD FIND about his prospective job.
Next, he made a list of the places he wanted to work, and he did something VERY DIFFERENT from the millions of others:
He went to the business and asked to speak to the manager/owner and said, “I believe I know quite a few ways I can improve your business very quickly….and quite significantly” Right away the managers were interested and he got hired almost immediately!
You see, businesses ALWAYS have a position available for someone who can increase their profits or add tremendous value. They DON’T always have positions for someone just looking for a handout.
By simply doing a few weeks of research, my friend was FAR ahead of millions of potential job applicants.
This reminds me of a A LOT of people right now….they’re simply looking for jobs. However if they simply took some time and effort to learn more about a particular industry, they could easily see how to add TONS of value.
Harvard MBA applying for a job? WHO CARES.
What can you do for me? That’s what matters.
Even for my own business HouseOfRave, I’m not hiring. However if someone came up to me and said, “For $5,000 I can almost guarantee your profit will go up by $10,000/month…”
Sitting at the state capitol building.
…in the wee hours of the morning
I have easily spent hundreds of hours here.
It’s open 24 hours, heavily guarded, meticulously maintained, and extremely quiet at night.
There is something that is simply marvelous about sitting on one of the war memorials inscribed with the names of thousands of people who have died, sacrificed and fought for the unbelievably cushy and enjoyable life I get to lead.
I sit there and read. Or plan. Or think.
It’s truly a humbling experience that reminds me we all stand on the shoulders of giants.
I sometimes wonder if others have such a remarkable place to call their own.