How long do you give something a try before you decide it’s time to stop, either because it’s not working out how you expected or perhaps because it just feels too hard?
You manage to talk yourself out of it with thoughts like:
- “I’m just not getting any better at this.”
- “I thought it would get easier, but it’s not.”
- “Is anyone even noticing what I’m doing?”
- “Perhaps I should just stop!”
If any of these thoughts sound familiar, fear not because you are in good company – we all have these thoughts – especially when what we’re doing is bloody hard work!
Starting something new is the easy part – we are full of excitement and enthusiasm – we have that ‘just watch me’ attitude. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and get stuck in…until IT happens.
Whatever IT is, it’s likely something that is going to slow you down, or even worse stop you in your tracks.
IT could be:
- Someone saying something negative about what it is you’re doing.
- Not getting the response or feedback you expected.
- That voice in your head that is loud enough to catch your attention – telling you that you will never do it – or you’re going to fail anyway, so why bother.
I read a quote the other day (it originates from a Mr. William Feather) that sums up what consistency means for me:
“Success seems to largely be a matter of hanging on after others have let go.”
I’m sure this quote will mean different things to different people, but I’ll share with you what it means to me. To be successful:
- It means never giving up.
- It means refusing to stop.
- It means ignoring the naysayers.
- It means being
I may not be doing the exact same thing that I was doing last year, and I may not be doing the exact same thing next year (or next month!), but I’m still doing.
I’m doing the next thing in front of me that I’m inspired to do – and the next – and the next.
- Consistency means not letting go.
- Consistency means not stopping.
- Consistency puts us on the path to mastery.
- Consistency puts us on the path to success.
So what does this all mean for you?
I share my thoughts in the hope that this perhaps resonates and supports you in your journey towards success – whatever success means to YOU.
As you read the bullet points below, I encourage you to say them out loud:
- I’m not supposed to be an overnight success – who the hell is – really!
- I’m not supposed to be good at something right out of the gate.
- No one expects me to be good at something right out of the gate.
- No one is judging me as closely as I think they are – they’re really not that into me!
- I will keep going.
- I will keep believing in myself.
- I am supposed to be uncomfortable – this is part of the process.
- Success is supposed to be hard – otherwise EVERYONE would have it!
To end on an inspiring quote (as I tend to do) – this one comes from the wonderful children’s book ‘Peter Pan’ by J.M. Barrie:
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”