“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” ― Anthony Robbins
Show up every day.
Put in the work.
This is where most people fall down in the war of art. Being consistent in effort is a requirement for long term growth. It is not the quick and easy path. It is the sure path of becoming intimate with the process of creating.
Consistent effort is not the same as being consistent. The former is necessary for meaningful change. The latter is akin to staying the same. Don’t confuse the two!
Consistent effort for a creator has multiple byproducts, the first of which you may find surprising.
I once thought purpose came before effort. I now know the opposite to be true. When creating without limits, you gravitate to that which brings the most joy. Even without a direction at the start, the act of creating will uncover it over time.
Observing other creators and consuming their content brings knowledge, but understanding only comes from doing the work yourself. Understanding is the chief characteristic of mastery. It builds little by little through deliberate practice and the compounding effects of continuous improvement.
Assimilate new wisdom.
The friction of work sparks a riot of new ideas. New questions and insights arise. New paths of exploration materialize from the fog of ignorance. The craft that once appeared simple in nature expands to unfathomable depths.
Become known for something.
Sharing creations over an extended period of time attracts notice. It builds goodwill, trust and authority. And as mastery deepens, so too does your following and the impact you have on them. What you see of your impact is only the tip of the iceberg.
These four byproducts are just a sample of the benefits consistent effort provides. Don’t wait for the right time, purpose or permission. The act of creating will uncover everything you need given enough time and consistent effort.
🤔 Food for Thought:
What gifts have you received from consistent effort?
Or do you continue to struggle with it?
If still struggling, what are the impediments?
⚙️ One Small Step:
Do you recall a time observing someone else proficiently creating where you then tried the same? How did your result compare to theirs? What did you discover in the act of creating?