Productivity: Consistency is the Key

Today, I want to teach you the hands down, most helpful advice I’ve ever come across!

It’s the one advice that has both accelerated my success and developed my skills, whether it was in writing, photography, exercise, health, or public speaking. It’s the key principle I teach when coaching clients.

The number 1 advice I can give people is:

Be Consistent!

That means showing up on a regular basis, day in and day out, week after week, month after month. Not going strong for a few weeks and then stopping, and going strong again for a month or so, and stopping again.

Contrary to what I thought, life is not about how hard you work, but how consistent you are in your efforts. The more consistently you do something, the better you get at it.

Use It or Lose It

There is a concept in personal development called Use It or Lose It. If you don’t use what you learn, you lose it, sometimes at an exponential rate.

To illustrate, a famous Australian football player, one of the best in the history of the game, was once asked, if you could pose God one question, what would it be? The sports legend replied, why does it takes weeks, months, and sometimes years of diligent work and practice to strengthen and develop the body, but it’s lost in mere days?

The mind and body are amazingly complex systems, however, like all systems, they are constrained by resources and energy. Maintaining fitness and skills requires tremendous calories and resources. If those muscle aren’t used, then it doesn’t serve the mind & body to keep them. So, they are let go for something else.

This is the reason so many fall into yo-yo dieting. They work hard to lose weight, then falsely assume they will stay at that weight after stopping. Sure enough, they regress, so they put in effort again. When they stop again, they fall back again.

Do you know one of the main challenge astronauts face in space?

Muscle loss!

Without gravity, very little muscle contraction is needed to support the body. Because the muscles aren’t being used, they fade. In fact, NASA reports astronauts can lose up to 20% of muscle mass in as little as 5 to 11 days!

That’s amazing if you think about it, without gravity to put effort on, the body simply deteriorates.

The point is, either you are growing or regressing.

There is no in between. There is no, I’m going to spend all this time to learn this skill, and once I do, I’ll always have it.

Nope, that’s not how the mind and body are built. They are built to never stay the same. This is a key, fundamental principle.

Woody Allen said, 80% of life is just showing up.

Andy Traub, a marketing expert I follow, says Success is just a series of small wins.

If you want to win the game, the key is stay in the game!


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