Success requires consistency.
In order to get good at anything, or build anything meaningful, you need to be consistent. You need to practice skills, put in the hours, and stay focused on one idea or activity for long lengths of time.
If you’re trying to get good at a skill, but you never or rarely practice, you’re not going to get good at it. If you’re trying to build a business, but you never put in the hours, it’s never going to get off the ground. If you want to have a successful blog, but you never sit down to write, you won’t have a blog to show people.
There’s a saying out there, that “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” It’s most often said in the context of challenging traditions or promoting innovation – but taken another way, success requires being a little insane. You have to believe that consistency works – that if you practice and put in the hours, you’ll reach some level of success.
Obviously, success is not guaranteed to anyone – life isn’t fair, and you’ll occasionally run into people who live to stand in the way of others. Since life is unfair, failure will remain an option. If you are never consistent on top of that, failure is guaranteed.
To be honest, I mostly understand all of this from the experience of not following this principle. For most of my life I’ve been resistant to practicing anything, bouncing between different focuses and losing interest in most things quickly. As a result… I haven’t been nearly as successful at anything as I could have been. I don’t like saying it, but it would be worse to not admit it.
Don’t make my mistake. Put in the hours. Practice. Be a little bit insane. Be consistent, and get the results you’re after.