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<p><strong>Daniel Cole</strong></p>

<p><em><strong>The Power of Consistency</strong></em></p>

<p>CONSISTENCY: A steadfast adherence to the same principle, course, or form of action. Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently. Credibility and mastery are built on consistency. Consistency builds predictability and when your actions or inactions are predictable, you stand a better chance of becoming successful. So many people are inconsistent with their job choice -one year or two working for a company, they’re already sending out their CV’s to other companies, without a proper clarity of what you want and where you are headed, you will only keep experimenting with life. When your energy is not channeled to a specifi c goal, by default, you become inconsistent in your pursuit.</p>

<p>Be consistent in your pursuit of success and excellence. You cannot achieve a peak performance if you are not consistent. It is often said that it takes 90 days to form a new habit and 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in a chosen career. A thought to ponder on - what have you been consistent with, in the last 90 days or 417 days (Ten thousand hours)? Consistency is not a spontaneous habit we develop by default or a gift given to us at childbirth, it takes discipline to be consistent and it takes consistency to be disciplined. A consistent life anchors on self-discipline. If you have a clear vision for your life, honor the process and be diligent in your commitment. Mushrooms grow overnight, but their lifespan is less than a week. Anything that will grow to signifi cance will have to stand the test of time. Everything has its gestation period, and at the right time, all efforts will pay-off.</p>

<p>In his book, The Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell suggests the 10,000 hours principle of consistent practice to gain mastery in a chosen carrier. Although the 10,000 hours is just one of the success equations, there are other factors that contribute to success in any life endeavor. Yet, we can not undermine the role of constant and continuous practice. If you want to be taken seriously be consistent. Respect and trust are built on consistency. Distraction is the enemy of distinction. It is diffi cult to be consistent if you are not focused. Any bodybuilder will tell you, it’s not a week or a month of going to the gym that builds the muscles, it is consistently working out that does. Stay consistent with your dream, stay consistent with the process. Daniel Cole is a Published Author, International Motivational Speaker, Columnist, Trainer and founder of the International Institute of Personal Development, South Africa.</p>

<p><em>Visit www.danielcole.co.za to read more of Daniel Cole’s article. You can also send your feedback to info@danielcole.co.za.</em></p>
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Daniel Cole

The Power of Consistency

CONSISTENCY: A steadfast adherence to the same principle, course, or form of action. Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently. Credibility and mastery are built on consistency. Consistency builds predictability and when your actions or inactions are predictable, you stand a better chance of becoming successful. So many people are inconsistent with their job choice -one year or two working for a company, they’re already sending out their CV’s to other companies, without a proper clarity of what you want and where you are headed, you will only keep experimenting with life. When your energy is not channeled to a specifi c goal, by default, you become inconsistent in your pursuit.

Be consistent in your pursuit of success and excellence. You cannot achieve a peak performance if you are not consistent. It is often said that it takes 90 days to form a new habit and 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in a chosen career. A thought to ponder on - what have you been consistent with, in the last 90 days or 417 days (Ten thousand hours)? Consistency is not a spontaneous habit we develop by default or a gift given to us at childbirth, it takes discipline to be consistent and it takes consistency to be disciplined. A consistent life anchors on self-discipline. If you have a clear vision for your life, honor the process and be diligent in your commitment. Mushrooms grow overnight, but their lifespan is less than a week. Anything that will grow to signifi cance will have to stand the test of time. Everything has its gestation period, and at the right time, all efforts will pay-off.

In his book, The Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell suggests the 10,000 hours principle of consistent practice to gain mastery in a chosen carrier. Although the 10,000 hours is just one of the success equations, there are other factors that contribute to success in any life endeavor. Yet, we can not undermine the role of constant and continuous practice. If you want to be taken seriously be consistent. Respect and trust are built on consistency. Distraction is the enemy of distinction. It is diffi cult to be consistent if you are not focused. Any bodybuilder will tell you, it’s not a week or a month of going to the gym that builds the muscles, it is consistently working out that does. Stay consistent with your dream, stay consistent with the process. Daniel Cole is a Published Author, International Motivational Speaker, Columnist, Trainer and founder of the International Institute of Personal Development, South Africa.

Visit www.danielcole.co.za to read more of Daniel Cole’s article. You can also send your feedback to info@danielcole.co.za.

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