"You will never change your life until you change something you do daily."
-- John C Maxwell
In yesterday's Daily Inspiration, I
shared a link to a webcast and some thoughts I gained from it by John C
Maxwell centered on his newest book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.
Since I find that I was so profoundly moved by the incredibly powerful
and yet simple messages, I decided to share a little bit each day about
this for a while. Frankly, I'm finding some answers that I've been
ignoring for a long time. Maybe some of you are like me in that
something sparks a thought and another and another and you start getting
excited about where those thoughts are leading you.
webcast, John spent a good amount of time on the Law of Consistency. I
absolutely loved the simple ideas he shared about how he has been able
to write 74 books. Bringing what he said to the simplest concept, it is
this: He is passionate about what he does because he loves what he does
and more importantly, he knows why he does it. He also knows that what
he does is something much, much larger than himself. In other words, he
serves a larger purpose than making a living, writing a book, etc.
first part of that is his motivation, but in order to actually get it
done, or turn it into an accomplishment, requires discipline matched to
the motivation. Discipline is a scary word to most people because it
sounds an awful lot like drudgery, work, lots of effort, late nights and
other such ideas. However, he says the truth is that he just does it
'Every day? What does that mean?' people would ask
him. His answer, 'it means, every day.' Of course, they're looking for a
different answer because to them every day seems like a burden. . .
surely he must mean 5 days a week, or every day for just a month or two
or something. 'No,' he would say, 'every day means every day.' 'Even on
Christmas?' they would add. 'Yes,' he says, 'every day.'
does he have 74 books published? He writes every day. 'Now,' he says, 'I
might only write 10 minutes today, 6 hours tomorrow, I have no set
amount, but only to write every day.' It is the consistency of his
actions that add up to the accumulation of the results. John asks, "what
are you willing to change doing today in order to change what you will
be doing tomorrow?" It's a great question to consider and answer. He
adds, "in the end, hard work is really the accumulation of easy things
you didn't do when you should have."
I've known that consistent
efforts are a key to better results, but have I applied that in my life?
Rarely. It is now obvious to me why I have what I have. However, in
recent years, I have endeavored to find things that I love to do and
have a good reason why which helps me do some things consistently. This
CTS Daily Inspiration began in summer 2009 and every single day since I
have practiced writing and thinking and sharing. Believe me, there have
been many days when I didn't feel like it. But, I love what I am doing,
have a strong larger than me purpose and that strong motivation encourages me to actually then be consistent by following through and doing it anyway.
The Results To Me Are Worth Any Of My Efforts. It Is Also Interesting How The Accumulation Factor Works.
Spread Some Joy Today--Beating yourself up, or 'shoulding' yourself
is not joyous or helpful. Start by loving yourself first. Count your
blessings that you already have. Now go do some things you want to do
from that much stronger foundation! Whatever your choice, you are
perfect the way you are to begin with.