Monday, May 11, 2009
Lesson Five - Be consistent
Be consistent not only in what you do but in who you are. Whether you agree with his politics or not, you have to agree that Ronald Reagan was consistent. He had a set of values which he brought with him into office and he adhered to those values throughout his terms in office. There was never any question as to how Reagan would respond to a given set of circumstances. Exactly as he had before.
Consistency builds power. When an airliner moves out onto the runway, it lines up wit the centerline and comes to a complete stop. The pilot then applies the brakes and full power. When the pilot releases the brakes, the airplane begins to roll. The pilot never applies more power. The same power that started the airplane rolling from a dead stop at less than 1 mile per hour causes the aircraft to accelerate up to fifty, seventy-five, one hundred and even one hundred twenty-five miles per hour when it can leave the binds of Earth and fly. The pilot then uses the same power to climb to cruising altitude. It is through the continuous and constant application that the airplane changes from a stationary object on the ground to a flying machine.
Consistency has another name which we have dealt with previously. "Habit" When people hear the word "habit", they immediately think of smoking and drinking and over eating and other less than desirable actions. There are good habits as well as bad ones. How many times have you automatically said "God Bless You" when someone sneezes? This is a habit, actually a Pavolovian response but a habit just the same. Most people get up in the morning and for the first ten minutes are on autopilot. They have done the same thing upon arising for so many years, that they do it without thinking.
Choose an activity which will help you reach your goals. Consciously and consistently practice that activity on a regular basis and it will become a habit and move you toward your goal. Experts tell us it takes twenty-one days to get a habit ingrained in our subconscious. Once you have mastered that activity and made it a habit, attack the next one. A word of warning, do not try to change too much at once. If you are going to try to establish more than one habit at a time, make them occur at different times of the day. Maybe a morning habit and an afternoon habit. This will keep you from confusing your subconscious.
Above all, Be consistent