Oh man! Freaking Tuesday! Got to love what a man or woman can do on a Tuesday! Today, we start to talk about the law of consistency. We begin with one of my favorite quotes of all time from John C. himself, “motivation gets you going, but self-discipline keeps you growing.” I cannot think of too many quotes that have had a more profound effect on my life than this one. Don’t get me wrong, you need motivation, it is what gets you going. However, a person’s true character is found in their daily habits. If you want to become more disciplined and consistent in your performance, you need to become more disciplined and consistent in your growth. How can I do that? By knowing the what, the how, the why, and the when of personal development. Take some time to consider the following questions about your growth:
- Do You Know What You Need to Improve? George Lorimer, an American journalist and author, once said,
You have got to get up every morning with determination if you are going to go to bed with satisfaction.
One of the most important keys is to know where to direct your determination. The answer always begins and ends with yourself. Too many people think all they need to do is master their job and life will be good. If this is your mentality, you will not see the results you want to see. As we have said a million times before, your future is determined by your personal growth. Improving yourself daily guarantees you a future filled with possibilities.
- Do You Know How You Are Supposed to Improve? Here are some ways on how to improve:
- Match your motivation to your personality type—not everyone gets motivated the same way or by the same thing.
- Start with the simple stuff—if you attempt to do too much too soon, you are almost guaranteed to fall short of your desired results. Master the basics, and then practice every day without fail.
- Be patient—I can’t emphasize this one enough. Growth takes time, and a lot of it. There will be plenty of times where you will wonder if what you are doing is working. That is normal. Just stick to the course.
As I have said before, my life has never been the same since I decided to grow a little each day. But, it has been a difficult road. Waking up every single morning to start the day the right way is NOT EASY! Last night, Boston had his 22nd seizure and even though it is his body that goes through the physical toll, it is very tough emotionally on the rest of us to see him go through it. Needless to say, last night was a major struggle with very little sleep. This morning I fought with myself for 10 minutes on whether or not I should get up and how it would be totally justified if I didn’t.
But then I remembered that nobody EVER did anything great by sleeping one off. NOT ONCE!
So I got up and I will continue to do that every day until I am 100 years old because I know how much it blesses my life. Let it bless your life as well!
Everyday is a better day, Cram