Consistent Daily Action over Time
Consistent daily action over time gives consistent results. It’s the key ingredient in doing better work, getting in shape and achieving success. The good news is that you don’t need talent, but you do need a consistent daily approach over time. Take it from me. I’m a great Pilates teacher, not because I’m an excellent mover, in fact quite the opposite. I’m clumsy, misshapen, misbalanced, I have a foot that doesn’t work, a shoulder dislocation and extremely tight lower back, hips and legs. But consistent practice has enabled me to do massive things despite these disadvantages. This is why I often say that you don’t want a natural mover to be your teacher – you want someone that’s worked hard to be able to move!
Back to consistency. Don’t underestimate how much consistency over time contributes to success. Consistent effort lies within reach of everyone and is ultimately the key factor in any successful endeavor.
Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavour – Joseph Pilates
Consistency builds habits and routines. These habits become almost routine after some time. Perhaps for a while we’ll have to fake it till we make it!
There’s no way of hiding this elephant in the room (let’s face it, we all know that consistency is the only way of getting results and nothing I’m writing here is news to anyone reading [but I’m creating my own routines by writing about creating habits so that I create habits]). Mastery of something requires work. And we have to do that work over time and it has to be done consistently.
It doesn’t matter what it is that you want to get done: learn a language, run a marathon, get a Phd or do Pilates, it just won’t happen if you are not ready to apply consistency.
Perhaps you’d consider what I’m about to say heresy – or bad business! But it’s not the actual lessons in the studio that are important – unless you come to the studio four or five times a week! It’s your own practice in your own time that counts. Ten minutes everyday is worth more than one hour once a day every week. And with a bit of flow, there’s masses of stuff you can do in ten minutes! You won’t be able to do Great Things immediately, but taking Consistent Action over Time on a daily basis will get you on the road to where you want to be. And that’s a promise …
There’s no mysterious magic formula
Consistency is the most important element of every successful learning experience. There’s no mysterious mysterious esoteric formula, no magic bullet, no surgical operation that cures all ills. It’s consistency and it’s work. Yeah, ok I mean we can work better or work worse, but without that consistency, we are doomed to failure.
Build a simple system and apply it. Apply the basic fundamentals (You should practice basics more than the fancy stuff) consistently to achieve success.
Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.
Define your direction and eliminate (or decrease the impact of) all the factors that stop you embarking on that journey.