The Power of Consistency

1. Consistency Will Eventually Payoff
It takes twenty years to become an overnight success. – Eddie Cantor

The time is going to pass; it only makes sense to be consistent while it’s passing; this way, you will have something valuable to show for the passage of your time.

Can you imagine what you could accomplish in the next 20 years with consistency? A little everyday will eventually equal…success.

2. Keep Having “Successful Days”
Every day is either a successful day, or a day of failure, and it is the successful days that get you what you want. – Wallace D. Wattles

This is one of my favorite quotes, it’s so telling, so clear. It is the successful days that turn dreams into realities. The key is to consistently have successful days.

You should also know that you can’t be consistent doing something you don’t love. Love what you do, do your best, and do it consistently, and in enough time you will succeed.

3. Consistency is a “Habit”
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

Habit will take you further than your desires. Cultivate the habit of doing successful activities, and you will have a successful life. Successful habits separate the successful from the unsuccessful, and it’s usually just a handful of habits over the course of many years that separates the victors from the victims.

4. Make Your Course “Regular”
Look to make your course regular, that men may know beforehand what they may expect. – Francis Bacon

If your course is regular, not only will men know what to expect beforehand, but you will as well. When your actions are consistent, your future is predictable.

If you keep moving in the right direction, it’s just a matter of time before you get to your goal; that’s just plain common sense.

5. Persistence Requires Discipline
Persistence requires discipline. A person waiting for inspiration limits achievement to periods when conditions are desirable. – Dr. William G. Covington Jr.

Sometimes you have to push through the pain to get to the promise. Sometimes you have to go through before you can get to heaven. You won’t always feel inspired, but if you push through the pain, success will be yours. Thank you for reading.

In his Article Mawouna Koutonin  explains the negativities of inconsistency in his article

“We start, God finishes.”

That is the mental disease crippling progress in Africa.

People start things but never finish them. They expect God to finish their work, obeying to their order through prayers, miraculously accomplishing their wishes.

The name of the disease is “noterminutus  lazinus”.  The cause is unknown, but the main symptom is a mindset characterized by a singular way of thinking and behaving: “we don’t have time for hard work, if only someone else could do things at our place, and we only enjoy the benefits.”

With such a mindset, our people are easily excited by new ideas and projects. They would volunteer or join a project team, but once the excitement of the new idea vanishes, they would also disappear, become idle, move to something shinier, or stop responding to any call to action.

Their involvement and dedication to push the new  idea or project to become reality evaporate as fast as the light of thunder in the sky. Excuses and apologies replace actions, and nothing, and I would say nothing will ever succeed again to get them back to contribute, except an invitation to eat, drink and dance at the launch or closure ceremony.

With such a mindset it’s enough to pay lip service to a cause, and then leave it to others to make it reality. We Africans are too busy watching tv, hanging out with friends in bars, managing two or tree mistresses or girlfriends, spending countless hour on  Facebook, twitter, sleeping tree times a day, to get involved in anything. We don’t have time. We are busy. We are sick.

We all wish for change, but it’s God responsibility to make it happen. We pray, we wish, we pronounce incantations because we don’t have time for the hard work required for change. Can anyone help us doing all the hard work at our place? You know we are only Africans, poor, miserable. Just do it for us, we will chant and dance at the opening ceremony!

The disease pervades the public administration, the private sector, associations, nonprofits.

For our leaders, it’s enough for them to make loud speeches and send begging letters for humanitarian help or the IMF/World Bank.

After the speeches, it’s up to NGOs, Chinese, and whoever wish to make things a reality. Our schools are built by NGOs, our public toilets are donations from the European Union, our airports are built by foreigners, our seaports are managed by foreigners, our softwares are built and maintained by foreigners, our roads are built by foreigners, our critical infrastructures are all in hand of foreigners.

We want all these things, but you know what we don’t have time for doing it ourselves. Too much work, too much trouble, too much thinking. Let’s the foreigners do that, while we enjoy life.

In our public administrations, new buildings or equipments will be delivered but it’s up to God to do the maintenance, do the regular checkup, plan for obliteration and provision budget for renewal or new purchase. Anything which crashes or stop working is left to rot. Maintenance is a foreign mindset.

In the private sector if the work is complex, they call in the white man or some external savior. They don’t have time to think, plan and go through the pain for building something great themselves. The solution to any problem is to buy, not build, create, innovate.

In the nonprofit sector, the main competency of the leaders is to write grants request projects, and then steal 80% of any fund received, fabricate false reports and invoicing papers, then buy local journalist for fake or dubious reportage about results.

Of course, this is a large brush painting, but one can’t help but noticed abandoned building where people are still working, unmaintained materials while they people who need them are sitting next to them with tons of excuses to convince themselves it’s not their responsibility to make things change.

I surveyed my city area recently. Old building are not maintained, repainted regularly, or refurbished. Only new building shines. if you’d wait few years later these new buildings will be no different from those unmaintained ones. Kids inherit the houses from parents, but they won’t carry on the work of their fathers. they will only see them slowly rot or dilapidated.

if a project is larger than our lifespan we don’t start it.That disease alone is the main cause of our pitiful conditions.

Generational build up is nonexistent.
Each generation comes and repeat the errors of their fathers, ignore lessons learned, abandon the foundations built, and start from zero again.

We are going nowhere with such a mindset. This my rant mood, keep reading, because you have to.

We need a new mindset.
The new mindset we need is the one of “no excuses” attitude and environment. When we start something we finish it. We don’t give up when things become difficult. We have a code of honor. when we give our word, we commit to achieve no matter what. We build up by carrying on the work our fathers and grandfathers with honor and dignity. We keep preciously the book of lessons learned from our ancestors. We pride ourselves because we are the best in the world in what we do. Excuses are for losers and we are Africans, descendants of the pyramids builders.

We have fallen, but it’s time we resurrect.

Maybe there is nothing we could to with the current generation, but we have to make sure the old diseases does not infect the new generations. We have the duty to plant the seeds of a change we would not see.

Ok, If you are not too old to change, this a call for you, finish what you have started. Respect your words, deliver on your commitment. Be an example for the new generation.

As opposed to confusion consistency is one of the strongest personality traits that a person can have,

Consistency is needed to develop our habits and strengths.

“If you can’t convince them, confuse them”

Not confused, not naive equals strength

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