What You Do Makes No Difference
I have recently been thinking about the effect that our actions have on the whole of our lives. To give you an idea of my conclusions I’ll pose a question to you. If you decide to start getting healthy and you go for a 5km jog, will that jog be effective in your life and health goals? My answer: ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Let me explain. In my opinion, the results that you see in your life have absolutely nothing to do with what you do, but everything to do with how consistently you do it. The only good that can possibly come from going on one 5km jog is the fact that you have finally decided to start, and that’s it. If you finish that jog and then go back to eating chips and watching "The Price is Right" then you have literally done nothing for your progression. The people who actually see results are those who find a discipline and stick to it; rain, hail or shine.
But here’s the annoying thing about life; you are always consistent in something. If you are not consistent in exercising and eating the right foods then you are consistent in eating poor foods and not exercising. Even though you didn't think you made that choice, you did. And here’s another annoying thing about life; if what you do consistently isn’t taking you forward, it’s definitely pushing you backwards. There is no middle ground.
Health is not the only area of life that is effected by consistency. Literally every facet of your life is grasped by consistent habit, including relationships. It is not enough to say “I love you” to your significant other every two weeks and expect that this will keep their emotional bank account topped up. Regular and consistent expressions of love and devotion are the only way to ensure emotional fulfillment in a relationship. The person who forgets this will not receive love, because they do not give it.
The only way to build better finances, relationships and health is to pick correct strategies and principles, and then to execute those strategies and principles consistently. Remember, a swimmer doesn’t get to the Olympics by getting in the pool twice. They get there by training every day, no matter what. Consistency in the right tactics will take your life to a whole new level, and consistency in the wrong tactics will send you on a downward spiral. Choose your tactics wisely, and see what consistency can do for your life one, two, and even ten years from now. As you do, I’m sure you’ll surprise yourself with what you can achieve.