Consistency is a necessary ingredient in success. It’s strange, because most people do not seem to know its true power.
Whenever I start a project there’s that initial excitement that always keeps me going for weeks to sometimes months.
When it wears off things can get rough, that is when you truly want to know you’re doing something you love.
I don’t even want to count the amount of projects I’ve started and given up after the initial steam.
Even when you’re passionate about something, you still have to whip out your discipline to keep going through the dips. When you get through that first valley, the results can sometimes be quite amazing.
How long does it take? That’s a hard question, because there are no set time limits in the universe. You can start a blog about a subject you love, run out of steam after one month – while still loving what you do – and have to just go through the motions for six months before things start picking up.
So often with blogs you lose your initial motivation when you see that no one is reading what you’re writing, but it all comes back as you put in the work and after six months you start seeing hundreds of people coming to appreciate your reading every single day.
The 4 Laws of Consistency
1. Discipline. Having a well-trained discipline muscle comes in handy when you run out of steam, as I said above. You can build your discipline in many ways. A few things I like to do is do any chores that pop into my head, such as taking out the garbage, washing the dishes or whatever else you might think of. Of course, I’m not flawless and often fail to do these things (okay, okay… extremely often ;)), but when you push yourself just a little bit more each time, your discipline muscle grows.
2. Patience. We live in a quick-fix society. I consider myself to be a very impatient man, but I overcome this by figuring out a realistic time-frame for what I can expect with the amount of work I am putting in. It’s hard to arrive at exact answers, but a ballpark figure always helps. For example, if you’re starting a blog in a good niche, you can expect anywhere from 12-24 months until things start happening, if you work hard.
3. Taking Action. Taking action and doing stuff that matters has to be one of the biggest secrets of success. It’s tough and it’s grueling at times, but that is why you want to do something you’re passionate about. If you love what you do, you’ll enjoy the process so much more. Working your ass off in a bank would kill my soul, but working on this blog day and night just gives me more energy, because I know where I’m heading. So don’t just sit on your ass, take action and be consistent!
4. Focus. You have to take action, but you cannot just take random action. It has to be on tasks that matter. Remember the pareto principle? 20% of the tasks you do are responsible for 80% of your success. When it comes to blogs, a few tasks I’m focusing on right now are writing content, making connections and guest posting. Outsource as much as you can so you can focus on the truly important things.
Enjoy the Process
Being unhappy until you reach your goals is a bad way to go through life. That’s why you should focus on having goals that enhance your life right now. It always comes back to doing something you’re passionate about, doesn’t it?
Interesting how that works. Millions of blogs are started all the time and most of them just die a slow death, because people think they can make a quick buck blogging. Being passionate about making more money doesn’t last. Find something that does.
The 4 Effects of Consistency
1. The hockey stick. The funny thing is that progress usually doesn’t happen in a linear fashion, so you might see 100 daily readers on your blog on month 3, but on month 4 something happens and one of your articles goes viral. Now on month 5 you suddenly have 500 readers. It’s the hockey stick effect in action. You never know when it will smack you in the face.
2. Passion. The number one benefit of being consistent has to be being able to follow your passion and even make a living doing it. I’m not one of those people that believe everyone can make a living just following their passion. There’s a lot more to it than that, but I do believe if people work hard – or even partner with someone who knows what they are doing – they can succeed quite brilliantly.
3. Value. The more consistent you are, the more people you reach and the more value you are able to give. My goal is to help and connect with as many individual souls as possible in the coming year. As more and more people read, comment and e-mail me, I feel better and better. It’s an awesome feeling, especially for me since I’ve come from playing poker to make lots of money to writing this blog and focusing entirely on helping you, the reader rock your life.
4. Results. We all want results. We want more readers. We want more connections. We want more love. We want more things. And some of us even want more money. There’s nothing wrong with that. We all have our paths to follow. Consistently doing the right things leads to amazing results. How can you know what the right things are? Find someone who’s doing what you want to do and model them.