When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren’t the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation.
I used to do this VHS workout called “5 Day Abs” and each day this Buff Dude would set up the work out, then it would cut to a svelte chick in a leotard. “Low back down and LIFT and Lower”. At the conclusion of the 5-7 min core crusher, Buff Dude would say something encouraging, like “Consistency is the key to results. See you tomorrow.”
It’s self evident, right? That if you keep doing what you’re doing you’ll keep getting what your getting. Keep eating donuts, you’ll keep looking like Homer Simpson. Keep going to swim practice your Free Style will improve
Consistency is HARD! Ask anyone who’s trying to lose weight. Yeah, most of us can eat right during the week but come Friday night, it’s no holds barred! Bring on the garlic rolls! Why is it so hard?
I think it’s due to pain. No, seriously. Pain is the catalyst to any change. No one makes a change until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change. But once the main pain has been alleviated, it’s hard to stay consistent.
We have to continue to work toward our ideals. Often that requires a willingness that we may lack. It’s ok to be unwilling, as long as we can be honest about the unwillingness. We ask God for the willingness to stay consistent with the actions that we know to be good for us. If we find that we are sliding backwards, we can stop sliding at anytime. Ask for help and then start again as soon as we can.
Just for Today
I will pay attention to areas where I need more consistency. If I notice areas where I lack consistency I won’t beat myself up, I’ll simply pick up where I left off.
God, please show me where I need to exercise more consistency. Block my self deception and self justification and help me see where I need your help. Help me to become more willing to do those things that build me up and bring joy and peace to my life.