Have you ever heard the saying, “Consistency is key”?
It is no surprise that it takes dedication, commitment, and consistency to reach your goals.
If it were that easy though, we would all be reaching our goals. The hardest part of your journey to success is the part where you must run the marathon and complete it. In order to get to the finish line, you must stay consistent, believe in yourself, and never give up. It’s tough, but it’s 100% achievable.
So you’ve come this far. You made the decision to change your life and your habits. You made up your mind and have decided on a clear objective to strive for. Now, you must take off running. When you begin a marathon, you really have no idea as to how difficult each obstacle will be. Maybe you have somewhat of an idea of the obstacles you might face, but that’s all you’ve got to go off of. Does that stop you from pushing forward? I hope not.
Achieving big goals takes much longer than it takes to finish a marathon. It can be months, or even years before you reach the finish. Are you going to stop short of the finish line? Consistency will be very important on this journey. Consistency is a way to make your efforts measurable. If you’ve set out to do something, and you have a goal and a plan, then make sure that you perform based on those plans for a set period of time. That way you know what works and what doesn’t and you could make adjustments accordingly.
My experience with consistency contains a small amount of failure.
I’ve been working on marketing and promoting a handmade jewelry shop for the last 4 months. I’ve remained consistent with my plans and my goals. That doesn’t mean that I’ve been doing everything right. While I thought my shop’s popularity had hit a significant peak, I couldn’t have been more wrong, and I found out only after this period of time.
Recently, I attempted to set up a giveaway and thought, “who wouldn’t want a free pair of earrings?” I blasted the giveaway on all of my social media sites and waited in excitement. An entire day went by and I logged back into my sites only to find that nobody cared about the giveaway. Only one person had shared my photo and that person was my sister. I could have been extremely disappointed — I was for just a second. I could have said, “Forget it. I’m not doing this anymore.” I could have given up out of embarrassment, but I didn’t.
I had come this far, four months in, and I had remained consistent the entire time. I decided that all I had to do was take a step back, be really honest with myself, and figure out what I was doing wrong. I needed to make adjustments to my plan, and I did just that. I ended up quickly deleting my giveaway, because yes I was embarrassed, but I also came up with a great new strategy which excited me all over again. I am now in the midst of re-branding and working on a more specific product niche, one I think people will understand. I felt like my failure came from being all over the place and not having a specific vision for my jewelry. Overall, it was a very important lesson but it was one that I knew I could not get discouraged about. Today, I continue moving forward towards my next obstacle.
It’s easy to believe that our failures are due to us not being competent enough, good enough, or anything else you can think of. Why don’t we just embrace the fact that through failures, we can figure out what works then modify our goals a bit? It’s because most of the time we are doubtful of ourselves, and we don’t believe in ourselves enough. If you want to achieve big goals, you must believe in yourself every step of the way.
Along the way, there will be people who will want to tell you that what you are trying to achieve is difficult or that you’ll have to get lucky somehow in order to get there. None of these things are true. These are things that people tell themselves in order not to feel bad about the things they have yet to achieve. People would rather believe that something is just way too difficult or that successful people simply won life’s jackpot. Truth is, you can achieve anything, if you set your mind to it.
Setting your mind to something requires you to believe in yourself. Believe that you will get there. Tell yourself you will get there. Envision yourself being there. If you’re doing all of this, when someone tells you that what you want is too hard to achieve, you will know for a fact that it isn’t. You won’t even take a moment to second guess your decisions because you believe.
Intensely believing in yourself often makes people wonder why you’ve changed.
Why are you so obsessed with your crazy goal? Do you really think you will be able to do it? They will tell you a cautionary tale about their friend’s uncle who tried doing what you are trying to do, and he failed miserably at it. They will do anything to talk you out of it. If you believe enough in yourself, you will reject the naysayers. You have control over your own life. Making decisions based on the circumstances of others isn’t going to help you in any way.
Did you know that there are many people who have become multi-millionaires only to later lose every dime because of a bad decision they made? The part that people usually don’t tell you is that most of these millionaires are not phased by such massive failures. They made it to a million dollars one time, which means that they know how to do it all over again. Failures don’t equal the end of the world, and not trying certainly won’t give you the knowledge to make the first million in the first place.
I posted a great quote by Grant Cardone on my Instagram page, which states,
“Let the rest do whatever while you do whatever it takes”
Whatever it takes.
You might look crazy to other people. You might seem obsessed. You might lose friends. You might become distant from your family. You might fail. You might embarrass yourself, but you are doing whatever it takes to get to where you want to be. Once you get to where you need to be in life, others will finally understand and those relationships may be rebuilt, only with much better circumstances for you and your family.
I’m currently in this stage myself. It’s hard talking to friends and family because all I can seem to talk about are my goals, and they want nothing to do with it. I’m just a tad obsessed with where I want to go in life. That doesn’t discourage me from pursuing my goals, though. That shows me that I’m doing something different, something that makes them uncomfortable, and that I’m pushing myself in ways that others are too afraid to do.
The road to success can sometimes be a lonely road.
During this long marathon, instead of cheerleaders on the sideline, you’ll have naysayers warning you not to continue. “It’s too dangerous, too risky,” they’ll say. You have to believe in yourself and remain consistent regardless because only you can determine the road you want to take in life. Don’t let anyone else tell you which direction to go if they haven’t actually been there. If you can have faith in yourself, there’s no telling where you’ll end up, but you’ll forever be ahead of the game, and eventually you’ll be where you wanted to be all along. The road to success is your road, don’t let anyone else map it out for you, follow your heart, and follow your dreams.
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