Arsene Wenger said, ‘When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren’t the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation.’ Consistency is power, and it is what inspires success. Without consistency, every dream will die at birth stage. Those who climbed Mount Everest, didn’t do it without pains – they succeeded because despite the agony, consistency made them reach the summit. The industry bests didn’t attain their goals without the power of consistency. The great champions emerged and ruled in their chosen fields because they were consistent. You can’t achieve anything, you can’t become anything, you can’t reach any enviable height without consistency. I am not excited by your dream – I am excited by your consistency. I don’t respect your flamboyance – I respect your consistency. I am not impressed by your persuasive speech – I am impressed by your consistency. I don’t care how weak you are, I don’t give a damn how little gifted you are, inasmuch as you prove your consistency in achieving that goal. You may be slow, but if you’re consistent, you will arrive at your goal justified and fulfilled – that’s what I care about.
Having said that, what are the factors that inspire consistency?
1. Inner Satisfaction: when something makes you happy, you’ll want to do it more often even if it demands sacrifice to do it. When something fills the vacuum in your heart, you’ll keep doing that thing in order to avoid emptiness. Inner satisfaction inspires your consistency to achieve a set goal. If you aren’t satisfied from the outcome of what you do, it will be challenging getting you to do it frequently and committedly.
2. Hope and Expectation: the valency of what you want to achieve is a driving force towards your set target. When the attractiveness is inviting, the tendency to do it becomes magnetic. Your expectation is an undying force pulling you to the place of purpose or intent. The pull helps inspire you to navigate and drive towards your expectation.
3. Meet a Need: if there is a need to meet, no one will tell you to run towards it if your life depends on it. If you see a lion coming your way, for instance, there is a need for safety, and I bet you’ll do everything to make it happen. Some goals are needs, and if we see them as such, we will be inspired to consistently make them happen.
4. Self Motivation: sometimes, to move, you don’t need external fuel – what you need is yourself. The best inspiration to reach your expectation must come from within you. Anything else is just an addition, and sometimes, that addition never come, so you have to wake up and run your race.
5. Feedback: if you are honestly given a positive feedback about your performance, it has a positive knock-on effect on your drive to complete your journey on time. And sometimes, if you are told how a sloth you are in reaching your desired destination, and you’re someone who doesn’t like to fail, the negative feedback will equally be a propeller towards your expectation. Feedbacks inspire you to hit your set target.
6. The Challenge: if people say you can’t, prove to yourself, and not them, that you can. I love challenges – many times, life has shown me uncountable impossibilities, but on all of those times, I have never stopped winning – I always prove to myself that I can. And if I can, you also can. Challenge yourself to prove your worth – your challenge is your inspiration.
7. Leaving a Legacy: when you remember that achieving a goal will make you leave a milestone on the road of life, you will be inspired to complete your goal. When I remember that in years to come, people will read my articles, read my books, listen to my audio podcasts, and watch my videos, and be lifted, I am inspired to carry on even when I am tired and fed up, or when I feel that I am making nothing out of what I am doing.
To conclude, let me remind you that if you think doing it once is enough to make it happen, you aren’t ready to make it happen. If you’re sure of what you want, you must keep taking shots at your intended target, no matter how many times you miss. If you continue firing those shots, one day, one of them will hit the target. All you need is one shot, and that goal will be scored. Keep being consistent!