Consistency - A game Changing habit
Updated: Sep 16, 2020
Without which all your talent is wasted.
"करत करत अभ्यास के,जड़मति होत सुजान। रसरी आवत जात ते, सिल पर परत निसान।" कबीर |
Translation: Persistence makes even a dumb man intelligent, just like (even) a soft rope, when rubbed continuously on stone, makes a mark on it.
Empowering to what I wrote in the last article i.e. building a system is more important than merely just making a goal, in this article I want to discuss about a magical power of consistency and how alone it can change the outcome of whatever you are doing.
You can’t cut a giant tree by striking at it with just a single cut neither can one climb to Mount Everest in one single step but we all know that by striking consistently at the tree and by advancing step to step towards the peak of Mount Everest consistently, both of said things can be done for sure.
What makes legendary players like Usain Bolt, Roger Federer, Messi, Ronaldo, Sachin Tendulkar, or Virat Kohli, etc to stand apart from their competitors? a most common habit that you would see in the work ethic of all these legendary players is the consistency in their practice.
Now ask any regular alcoholic or smoker to quit his habit and the most common response you would get would be “in sabse kuch nahi hota, hamne bhi duniya dekhi hai bla bla.” which roughly translates to that these alcohols and all are not that harmful so don’t advice to quit as we know also about it.
In reality, these alcoholics and smokers are also a victim of consistency.
By consistently drinking and smoking, knowingly, or unknowingly they have made this firm belief that they are very weak and can’t change their habit.
But Why is consistency so powerful?
The answer lies in a fact that when we learn anything and do it consistently, we generate a superpower within ourself which is much more powerful than any other habit.
We call this superpower a ‘Belief’.
and it is this belief that shifts your identity.
It means consistency is a two-edged sword. No matter what you are doing is good or bad, if you do it consistently, you would master that habit and soon it would become your belief which would help you further to keep doing that thing. The habit of consistency never differentiates between a habit of good or bad, it only empowers a habit that you are consistent with.
“I fear not a man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Bruce Lee.
Pablo Picasso, the greatest of all time painters was sketching at a park. A woman walks by, recognizes him, and begs for her portrait. Somehow, he agrees. A few minutes later, he hands her the sketch. She is elated, excited about how wonderfully it captures the very essence of her character.
Amazed by his art the woman asks Picasso how that’s even possible to make such great painting within 5 minutes. Picasso looks up and, without missing a beat, says: “No, madam, it did not take only 5 min but it took me my whole life to practice consistently to reach this level when I can make such sketch in just 5 min.”
World-renowned Japanese writer of many international best selling books, Haruki Murakami in an interview says, “ when I write a novel, I wake up every day at 4 am, write for first 5–6 hours and then go on jogging for approx 10 km or swim for 1500 meters. I come home back, eat and then rest for some time and then again write till the evening. after I finish writing for a day I listen to some music or read any book and finally sleep right at 9 pm every day.
I keep my routine the same every day and don’t change anything till I complete my book. by being consistent in this routine I get good control over the unnecessary thought that distracts me and this control over my emotions helps me increase my creativity level.
If asked me, which act of humans I considered was the hardest? Without any other thought, I would say it’s what Indian mountain man dasharath manjhi did.
I don’t think even in the future also any individual would match up to this act of dashrath manjhi to carve mountain 360 ft long, 30 ft wide and 25 ft deep all alone and that too with the help of a hammer and chisel only. It’s not less than any miracle. I often ask myself what made him succeed in doing this near to impossible task ? was it the level of anger he had for the loss of his wife alone that made him do this impossible? I think other than strong determination and a great level of will power a quality that made him successful was his consistency. His consistent strokes made the mountain to stand aside and let him complete what he wanted. As he says
“jab tak todenge nahi, tab tak chodenge nahi”
“Translation: Won’t leave it till I finish.” dialogue from a movie manjhi the mountain man.