Everyone wants immediate gratification in today’s world. We expect quick results in almost everything we do. Sometimes we get them. Communication has become instant. Travel is easy, work out and diet plans that promise instant results, even relationships with online dating has a bit of fast track to it.
They Are Just Lucky
The problem occurs when we don’t get the results we think we should get when we think we should get them – we quit. Sometimes we get an attitude of resentment because we think the other people that have those things we want are the “lucky ones”.
In an effort to realize how the “lucky ones” get so lucky I am taking a moment to look at what made them so “lucky”. The common theme throughout is consistency. Successful people don’t become successful because they gave up with no consistent effort. Anyone can go jogging for a day or workout one time and feel the effects of the workout but if you are not consistent you don’t get the results.
Another thing I see people do is put forth this great effort for a short period of time and then stop. They go from doing nothing to trying to do everything to achieve the result – it lasts for about 2 weeks and then they get burned out and go back to doing what they were doing before. Which is usually nothing.
Have a Plan & Stick To It
The key to being consistent is having a plan. A plan that makes sense and allows you to do a little bit every day to get closer to the desired result. I have seen this work in my own life and I need to keep working it some more. One example is when I built my fish pond. (Picture to the right)
I decided that everyday when I got home from work I would do just one bag of the mortar mix. No more and no less. It took me about an hour and I would be able to set about 4 – 6 stones a night and make them look good and get everything right so the mortar would set up nice and clean. It took me about 3 weeks to build the wall that would become the front of my pond. If I did not do that and take it in small chunks the overall task would have been too daunting and I still might not have it done.
The person who takes action every single day toward the attainment of their goal will always triumph over those who do it every once in a while.
The Wrong Consistent
The opposite is true as well. If you are consistently doing the wrong things you will get those results as well. It is important to take a look at what you want to accomplish and make a plan to get there. Along the way you need to evaluate how the plan is going. Are you on track. If you are off track you need to adjust and get back on track. Its easy to get nudged a little each day that does not seem like you are getting knocked off track but before you know it you are way over there. One day you’ll say, “Wow – How did I get way over here?” A little nudging each day and not staying consistent with your plan is how.
Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. You have to stay focused on the result and check yourself to make sure you are on track.
Watch the ball – Be the Ball.
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