The Power of Consistency

You don’t finish a book by writing 10,000 words a day for 1 week. You finish it writing 1,000 words a day for few months.

You don’t break a bad habit 30 minutes after making a decision. You break it by making that same decision 30 times over a period of time.

You don’t lose 100 pounds in 25-pound chunks. You lose it 1 pound at a time.

This photo is of my good friend Jake cutting my hair during a sermon illustration 4 years ago. Jake had some serious back issues (including a couple of intense surgeries) that made it hard to stay active. Jake also likes to eat. As a result, he woke up one morning and realized he was much larger than he wanted to be.

So Jake made a decision. And then the next morning he made the same decision again. After 30 days of making the same decision, he started to notice a difference. So he kept going.

After 3 months of making the same decision, people started to wonder was different. New haircut? New glasses?

After 6 months of making the same decision, it was obvious to everyone. Fat Jake had left the building.

A few years and over a hundred pounds later, Jake is maintaining the changes he made.

Is there power in making a decision to change? Absolutely.

But the real power comes in consistency, making those decisions day after day after day after day after day after day after day.

I don’t expect you to answer in the comments, but what areas of your life do you need to be more consistent in? Why not start today (and the next day and the next day…)