Saturday, July 20, 2013

START - Day 5/6

Consistency can be an elusive trait to own.  We will never stumble into it by accident.  We cannot work toward it half-heartedly either. 

To paraphrase Steven R. Covey from the "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" we not only need the knowledge on how to develop a habit, but we need the ability and the desire as well. 

I have the ability and the knowledge on how to stay organized at home and work.  Yet I clearly lack the desire to do so, or it would be a habit by now!

I have the desire and the ability to keep my blog updated daily, but lack the knowledge on how to keep it going when life gets in the way. 

I want to be consistent in everything I do in this life. I want to make promises and always follow through.

Sometimes I make the mistake of covering the idea of consistency with the cloak of monotony.  I see being consistent as always doing the same actions over and over again, but that is not the truth.  To be truly consistent we have to have a single thread that runs through everything we do.  

I feel like real consistency is having the desire to not just believe in my ideas, but actually perpetuate those thoughts into tangible real world actions.  Each day doesn't have to be exactly the same. It is the driving force behind what you do that becomes unchanging. 

Every word written to this point is negated if your consistency is not rooted in good and pure motives and a desire to improve the world around you.  Consistency at being inconsistent does not count.

To be consistent in a positive way is about building a legacy with word and with action that future generations can carry on.

Every person everywhere should want that for themselves.  We are a selfish people. Why not be selfish about being consistently good?


  1. Anonymous7/22/2013

    I can't remember if I learned this from Jon or another blogger, but on a strong writing day when you are in the zone, you can maybe bang out 3 posts and then just copy/paste on a day that life is happening. I also learned from a friend that a picture or a quote or a haiku counts as a refreshing blog post from time to time. Hope this helps!

  2. It was Jon... I think I read it in Quitter, but I'm sure he's blogged it too. Thanks for the reminder and the tip on the picture/quote/haiku!