How often do we hear the words or sentences that go along the lines of ‘consistent action, produces consistent results’ or ‘keep trying hard and you will succeed!’. As clichéd and overused as these terms are, they are of course correct, but what if we apply the above and don’t receive the result earned – or at least we think we’ve earned? This is a factor that I’d like to explore with you. As logical and simple as the theory goes, we all know that for most goals all you must do is commit to x to achieve y, but what isn’t explained in much detail is the level of patience and time management that is required.
“The Psychological assumption, provides the means to achieve the dream desire”
Everyone has desires and objectives that one would like to achieve what are these desires? Are they clear to you? You’d find that the common antidote to achieving consistency is the crystal clearness of the goal. I had this personal dilemma when setting up Blaque Falcon and writing DRAX. I had (and still have) a passion for great literature, style and storytelling, but the hurdle that I had to overcome was whether I had to commit to finishing off the first draft of DRAX or just pledge to getting the first T-Shirt manufactured. I came to the realisation that I wanted to do both. There’s an indescribable feeling when I read esoteric text that was written millions of years ago and how it remains relevant today – so much so, it stores in my memory bank as timeless wisdom for me to apply myself on. The same feeling occurs when a well-made suit is cut to perfection and all I can do is stare at it in awe. This is kind of drive that I’m referring to here. Looking back, the one thing that kept me going was the desire to help me see it through. All I was able to picture was DRAX available for sale online, and people wearing my own brand of clothing. This was back in 2016.
Note that there is no room for mediocrity when your ambition is set and your standards for living is high. You have no tolerance for petty behaviours and ridiculous gossip – you see these as mere distractions, so you cast them aside like crumbs on your lap or dirt on your shoulder. When you are on your path and journey, you are in the driver’s seat. This is where the subject of consistency tends to be overlooked, as everyone who you love and know is on a journey of their own, each with their own trial that is to be overcome.
So, what power do our peers and loved ones have over us, that make us so concerned about their opinion on our journey? They grew up with you, loved you, clothed and went through previous challenges with you. So of course, when you wish to peruse a path that may seem a little unorthodox, you go through their screening process that’s already based upon your personal judgements and assumptions, so you would normally have initial doubts. Not to worry though. This is the stage where either you allow the false self-judgements to overwhelm you, or you press on through. This is also where the main stasis of the post is all about.
“The person we believe ourselves to be will always act in a manner consistent with our self-image”
- Brian Tracy
Visualise the power of consistency as like digging for the pot of gold where the treasure map marks the spot. There’s always the negative anticipation that the treasure might not be at the location, but you dig anyway. Even if you don’t find the treasure, you’ll be in a much better position to claim your sense of “stick-to-it-ness” than others. If there’s any aspect of your character that you can elevate yourself above others on, it would be this very trait. A consistent, but patient attitude towards your pathway is a power that us humans can utilise that appears almost look god-like, dependent on the deed to mere mortals.