On Consistency

I think maybe one of the biggest keys to success in life is consistency.

It’s simple. It’s boring. It’s meh.

It’s not flashy. It’s not glamorous. It’s not celebrated.

But it’s the thing that sets exceptional people apart from average.

It’s also underrated. Almost no one talks about it. Most people aren’t loyal enough to the process. No one holds other people accountable for showing up to do the work. In fact, we celebrate mediocrity so much that often when someone is consistent, we harass them for it. Instead of celebrating their hard work, we chastise them with the subconscious hope of resolving the dissonance we feel at NOT being consistent. We want them to come down to our level so we don’t feel as bad about ourselves.

That’s garbage. When other people chastise me for working out so much, or fasting or whatever I take that as encouragement that I’m on the right track.

At the beginning of the year, a friend and I decided to take on a fitness challenge together. Once a week for a year we’ve agreed to each complete the Murph Challenge. The challenge honors Lt. Murphy who was a Navy Seal killed in action in 2005 and it is no joke. Here’s the workout you do for time:

  • Run 1 mile

  • 100 pull ups

  • 200 push ups

  • 300 squats

  • Run 1 mile

Typically the challenge is done while wearing a weighted vest or body armor.

I had to start somewhere so I’ve started without a vest and my first week it took me 52 minutes and 26 seconds to complete.

Yesterday I completed my 6th Murph Challenge in 38 minutes and 13 seconds.

I’ve improved my time by 14 minutes in just 6 weeks.

How?

Consistency. I’m showing up every week to do the work even when I don’t feel like it. Even when I want to be anywhere else in the world. Even when I don’t feel good. 

That’s the part that knocks so many of us off the rails. We don’t FEEL like doing something, so we don’t. 

We allow these temporary FEELINGS to dictate long-term outcomes.

Exceptional people disregard these feelings and focus on the long-term results that can be directly attributed to doing what needs to be done consistently.

In just a few short weeks I’ll undoubtedly have my Murph time under 35 minutes and then I’ll add a weight vest and my time will suffer. But I’m confident that through consistency and showing up even when I don’t feel like it my time, with a vest, will be back down in the 30-minute range in just a few months.

But that’s only going to happen because I’ve committed to do the work and I’ll continue to show up every week.

What is it in your life, business or personal that could benefit from you being more consistent? What’s the one thing that would stand to benefit from you doing the work even when you don’t feel like it?

Let me know. I’d love to hear about it and encourage you to keep going.