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I write about various aspects of personal development, predominantly from my experience. I’m a champion of good habits and crusader against quiet desperation. Search for articles easily on my website.
I preach (and practice!) consistent daily action. I believe this is the means to achieve success in any area of life, from parenting to business (and everything between).
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My friends nicknamed me Mr. Consistency. Clearly, they thought I possess this trait at an extraordinary level. However, there is nothing extraordinary about my consistency. It is mundane, even boring. It is not so difficult at all.
Most think consistency is hard, difficult, impossible, tough, unstable, untenable, and unsustainable.
Most people are wrong.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.”
— Henry Ford
It’s enough to change your thinking about consistency to attain it.
I have a few ideas.
How often do you touch your mobile phone screen? Quite consistently, right?How often do you…
Stop considering “success” in enormous terms.
Why is this step mandatory? Because otherwise you set yourself up for a failure. The realistic truth is that very, very few people are capable of an enormous success. Do you know how many billionaires there are? About 2,755. That’s 0.000035% of the world population.
And hardly all the billionaires are successful in life — they are surely successful in making money. But how many of them have a lasting marriage? Take this into account, and the success ratio shrinks to a ridiculously miniscule number.
When you think of success as something grand —…
“Lost time is never found again.”
― Benjamin Franklin
One harsh reality the time journal will expose is the ways in which you waste time — your time killers.
Every person has them. Mine were watching TV and playing computer games, reading popular novels, surfing Internet news and commenting on news articles just for the sake of commenting. I spent hours on those activities every day.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
― Jim Rohn
To change your social environment you need new habits. New data sources may offer opportunities to meet new people. The host of the podcast you start to listen to, the owner of a blog you start to follow, their followers — all of them are potential new buddies.
I encourage you to look for new acquaintances online. It’s not true that online relationships are all impersonal and superficial. They tend to be that, but they can be so much more.
Unfortunately, the vast amount of knowledge we have gathered as humans seems to guarantee that we have at least two opinions about every single thing. It’s the same with speed reading.
One study shows that sub-vocalization is an unavoidable part of reading process and doesn’t affect reading speed; another shows that it’s necessary to reduce it to the point of elimination to improve reading speed.
One shows that listening to music while reading can improve your speed; another that it slows you down.
Frankly, I don’t care what the latest research “proved” this time. I’m a practitioner. So, I’m teaching…
You made a decision: you decided to follow what you fervently desire or believe. OK, so now you shouldn’t have problems developing consistency.
True, or not? After all, if you’ve found your deepest value or life’s purpose, nothing should stand between you and attaining it, right? As values and purpose seem almost eternal qualities, consistency should be achieved almost automatically when you pursue them, surely?
Lots of questions. Unclear answers.
“I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.”
― Albert Einstein
There is magic in consistency. And science confirms that. Getting back on track after holidays or sick leave is a struggle. Every Monday is a struggle, isn’t it? Observe the mood at your office the next time you start a new work week.
Consistency is key, so work on your important projects as often as you can, preferably every day. Consistency builds momentum and continuity, while destroying inertia. It doesn’t have to be a grand action each…
Invest in yourself! What a banal platitude. This is how most of us think of this concept. How do I know?
Actions speak louder than words.
— St Anthony of Padua
I have a challenge for you: take a careful inventory of your investments in yourself from the last year. Sum up the price of all the books you bought, all the courses you purchased, all the seminars you attended. Coaching. Trainings. Everything.
Then, compare it to your yearly net income. How big of a chunk — comparing to your overall income — were your investments in yourself? If that…
In January 2021, I checked the Huawei smart band app on my phone. I peeked into ‘Achievements,’ and I saw I was in the top 2% of people using the band. Well, in one category, but I imagine it’s a crucial one for the fit bands users: daily step count.
It’s quite a feat. I did a quick research. I found a number of 5.7 million Huawei smart bands sold. Which means I beat over 5.58 million people. And it took me a meager 10 months to do that. How come?
The answer is simple: consistency. It seems it’s not…