Part 7 - Consistent effort = lasting success.
14 REFLECTIONS FROM 2016 TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE AMAZING THINGS IN 2017: Part 7 - Consistent effort = lasting success. Sounds simple - but sometimes it can take a while to really get the message. Often, we think that that it’s through BIG effort, that we achieve BIG success. Because success goes hand in hand with working hard. Doesn’t it? Well, the truth is this isn't necessarily the case. More important than hard work is CONSISTENT effort. Because, big goals are usually made up of hundreds, if not thousands, of small achievable steps. To be successful we just need to break things down and do small things consistently towards our goals, without giving up. EASY! It’s not rocket science, no! But sometimes this lesson is easy to forget. Early last year I had a fantastic conversation with a highly successful business woman. She spoke of the importance of just ‘keeping at it’ and doing things consistently day by day, rather than charging full pelt at something and risk burning yourself out. This is the advice she gives everyone she leads. Simple, logical and powerful. How will anyone achieve anything big without doing exactly this? Not by working so hard they die trying...but by being smart, strategic and thoughtful about how to progress and then taking steady steps towards their goals each and every day. In many ways this was not news to me. I’ve tried both approaches and KNOW without a doubt which one works for me. When I first went to Uni as an 18 year old – many, many moons ago - I thought it was an acceptable strategy to put off all my study until the last night (or few days before an exam) and then just whip up something in time for the deadline the following day. This was a disastrous strategy both for my grades and my health. I envied people who told me they did little study in the week before exams. The conclusion I drew at the time was that they were just smarter and more brilliant than me. Yet, the point was (whilst undoubtedly some of them were clever enough to get by with little work) most of these students had simply been more consistent than me, ALL year. They didn’t NEED to cram everything in at the last minute!! When I returned to uni as an adult, I joyfully and consciously enacted a more effective strategy. Breaking things down and doing small things more consistently was a far more effective for me (not to mention less stressful) than doing a last minute dash to the finish. So my suggestion to you really is this. You can do anything you set your mind to. You can achieve amazing, incredible and mountainous things. You just need to be willing to do what it takes each and every day. Most big things take time. And many, many, many steps. If they didn’t require consistent effort, they would be small things and easy to achieve. To achieve anything MAMMOTH without burning yourself out, just break it down into achievable steps, put one foot in front of the other consistently and never, ever give up.