Consistent daily effort – even if it is small, done each and every day, rain or shine, is the key to success.
Consider this example. You want to write a book. But you don’t ever seem to find time to write it, and keep postponing it for a day when you will have time. Or a time when you will not be so busy. That day mostly never comes. On the other hand, if you decide you will write 30 minutes everyday, no matter what happens, can you imagine what you would achieve in say a year? Makes sense?
This quote in the picture above made a ton of sense to me. I do exactly the opposite of this. I often work in fits and starts. When I am feeling well, everything is going smooth, I do a LOT of work, and feel unstoppable. And then I crash. So yes, things do go on…but not at a pace that I’d like to. I do want to be more efficient, and this made a lot of sense.
I was reading this story of the “20 Mile March” which explains this concept better. Here is what happened:
Two men – Roald Amundsen, and Robert Falcon Scott decided to lead their team of men to be the first to get to South Pole in October 1911. Amundsen started preparing much before – the research, the background preparations etc, while Scott did not.
Another major difference between the strategies of the two men was: Consistency of action. Read on…
Amundsen decided that his team would cover 20 miles each day, rain or shine. When the weather was bad and they really did not want to go ahead, they STILL did their 20 miles a day. When the weather was great, and they could cover much more than 20 miles, they STILL stuck to only 20 miles a days, so as to not crash and burn. Their goal was to consistently get 20 miles in everyday…not one mile less, and not one mile more.
Scott on the other hand made his team cover a lot on good weather days, and then on bad weathers, they sat inside their tents for days doing nothing.
The result: Amundsen and team reached the South Pole on December 15th 1911, planted their flags, and went back to their regular lives. Scott’s team got there a month later, disappointed that they were not the first, and while going back, they all perished in a snowstorm. They could not survive because of fatigue and lack of background preparation.
Moral of the story: After you set your goal, work towards towards it daily, consistently. Not too much, not too little. Decide on what you can do everyday – rain or shine, and stick to it.
You know, I have ALL my respect for Scott and his team too. I am not looking down upon him, because they have taught us a a GREAT lesson on what not to do. I do believe that sometimes people take on work/experiences/actions that are seemingly “not right”, but through their actions, they end up teaching a big lesson to many others to follow. So all my respect to them for doing what they did.
Now the question is, when you just do NOT want to do what is needed sometimes, how do you motivate yourself? It is all very easy to say — Be Consistent. Easier said than done, isn’t it? So in my next blog post, I will do an EFT tapping video on how to motivate yourself to do what you need to do. And you can be sure I have been using it to be consistent myself. It works! 🙂
Look out for my next blog post: What to do when you are not feeling motivated?
Much love to you all!
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