I am going to un-apologetically write yet another article on the topic of consistency.
It’s on my mind these days.
It’s changing my life.
I’m working hard on a graduate degree, a career, a side business, a Family, and a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
I want to put a 40% down payment on a house.
I want to save a million dollars.
I want to be my own boss.
I really want to become a life coach.
I’m far more confident that I can achieve these lofty goals than I’ve ever been with my goals before. I’ve found that continuing to work at the SAME goals over a longer period of time has yielded better results than the scatterbrained, chaotic lifestyle I’ve lived in the past.
Here’s the Rub
The problem with building Rome, and any empire for that matter, is that you’ve got to know just what you’re trying to build and be certain that it’s what you really want to build.
Sometimes we get through life and find that we’re climbing the wrong ladders. Building the wrong empires. Scaling the wrong mountains.
That’s why vision is so vital to our progression in the right direction.
If you don’t start by finding out where you’re going, you could end up dissatisfied with the direction you chose.
But there’s hope.
Creating a powerful vision isn’t too difficult.
It may take some time.
But it’s always worth it.
You just have to focus on who you want to become and what good things you’re looking forward to accomplishing, rather than your past and the negative things you’re running from.
I believe that God spiritually created (through vision and planning) the Earth and all things on it before the actual physical creation. And I firmly believe that if we follow His example in this by spiritually creating our own lives (through vision and planning), then we will be able to make our dreams reality.
I take that back, I don’t believe this principle. I know it. I’ve seen it work. I am seeing it work right now.
The brightness of your future will destroy the darkness of your past.
Once your vision is firmly in place, you need to commit. Make a commitment of a certain time period. And mark it with something else going on in your life.
For example, I have a sister who is on an 18-month service mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I thought that was a PERFECT opportunity to give myself a very specific timeline within which I would not give up.
And so far, I’ve been right. It’s helped me remain committed every time I’ve been tempted to quit.
If you’ve committed to yourself and to multiple people around you (even becoming accountable by writing about it in a blog post!) that you’ll keep at it for a year or more, all that’s left is to try.
And try and fail and keep the cycle going until you make it.
Learn to love the failures, they are the way to grow the fastest. This will take practice.
If your vision is strong, then the failures you experience won’t matter. You’ll keep going anyway.
And if you keep going, longer than anybody else, for months and years, you’ll win. You’ll reach your dream. You’ll accomplish more than you or anyone you know ever thought you were capable of. You’ll reach that mountaintop that always seemed out of reach.
More importantly, you will become more than anyone ever thought you were capable of.