Just like consistency won’t guarantee results.
We’ve all done it. Seen a headline that caused us to respond, “Wait. What?” ..*click*.
Moments later the disappointment settles in. Time wasted. There was nothing there but blasé content that left you no better than when you arrived. But tomorrow, you will give in to the same type of craftiness and click again. I do it all the time.
We get looped into this vicious cycle over and over again. It bleeds over into nearly everything we do.
The reality is that we are craving something worthy. “Worthy of what?” you might ask. Our attention. Of course. Worthy of a more consistent investment. That’s why I believe its so easy to convince ourselves to do the same things day in and day out hoping that we will get the type of results we are craving.
But since hoping doesn’t get you results, consistency won’t either. But we’ve heard it said again and again that hard work will pay off in the end. Sure. The right hard work will eventually pay off. These are important details that are often overlooked by the hopeful.
Yes, take action, but the right action.
Success, or achieving desired results, requires more than action. It requires action + assessment + necessary changes + continued forward motion.
This assessment/reflection piece is crucial. I can very consistently be going in the wrong direction. Every day just a little farther off path. Eventually discovering that I have veered miles off course and have to completely reroute myself. Or even worse, get absolutely no where.
I can sit down and write every single day. I might be completely dedicated to the action. However, if my ultimate goal is to get my content to my readers, I should be assessing how my content is reaching others, then making necessary changes when I discover the reach isn’t very far.
We can’t just work for the sake of work. Eventually, after never seeing the fruits of our labor, the consistency piece will also die out. This is why results are important. Results motivate us. Whether it is pounds shed, debt paid off or new clients in your business, these results motivate us to continue our efforts in the right direction.
How many people have set out to lose weight and after a plateau, they give up. There were no more results. So they stalled.
Results matter. Don’t ever try to convince yourself otherwise. The results we are seeking after may differ from one to another, but they matter. Psychologically we need these wins. These wins (or achievement of results) build momentum. They are what continue to drive us forward.
So if you’re in a place where you are stuck and not achieving desired results, pause and assess. But don’t stay there. Assess and then take action. Get a win.
If you don’t, assess again. Take more action.
But don’t be consistent for the sake of being consistent. That will get boring real quick.
If there is something worthy of being consistent with, it’s assessment. Weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually. Don’t wait until you are so far off course it will take tremendous effort to turn thing around.
Assess even when you are getting desired results. Make sure you know why you have been achieving your desired results. If you can’t explain it, you may not be able to replicate it. You don’t want to achieve results based on luck, you want to achieve them on purpose and know how to do it over and over again.
So where are you? Take some time. Zoom out. Can you explain exactly why you are where you are? What’s your next step? One piece of advice: It’s not in the clickbait waiting for you in your web browser.
Now go make your dreams happen on purpose.