As James Clear likes to point out, we value the effects of one single big moment more than we do with small and consistent activities every day.
I couldn’t agree more.
Doing things consistently every day is way less stressful than having everything ride on one big moment. That’s so much pressure!
And you get to make it part of your routine and enjoy doing it.
It’s hard to be able to show up every day on time and consistently perform.
In fact, the real difference between a professional and an amateur is the ability to continuously do the activity regardless if you want to or not. It is the ability to deal with boredom head-on and show up when you don’t want to.
One thing that I am struggling to develop consistency with is getting up on time to work. Working remote makes this substantially harder because there is no one that I have to meet up with on time.
I have it in my head that I need to get up at 5:30 am every day and work on personal development. Then dive straight into work.
Maybe I am wrong, but it feels VERY productive to put in 7.5 hrs of work before I even eat lunch.
Here’s the real question, does it just feel good, or do I actually benefit a lot from it.
Another aspect I think about is the ability to love what you do.
Keep in mind that I am not talking about doing what you love.
Doing what you love would be spending everyday eating comfort food drinking mai-tais on a beach in Hawaii. Of course, we all would love that! But it won’t take us anywhere other than away from our goals.
Loving what you do is the ability to enjoy everyday activities that are typically boring. This would be working out and enjoying it, even if you have never enjoyed physical activity your entire life.
This is substantially better! It brings more joy into your life and makes for a healthier and happy lifestyle.