People are met with many difficulties when trying to achieve a goal, leading many to quit. While these hardships can deter the weak hearted, those that persevere through those tribulations are reward triumphantly. There are many components to success, but one especially important one is consistency.
“A small menial task that is done every day will beat the efforts of a sporadic Hercules.”
I heard this quote from Garrison Keillor, the host of the Writer’s Almanac podcast, on a day like any other, except on that day I had finally decided to listen to another one of his episodes.
I had subscribed to his podcast months ago, but I always had something more important to do than to spend two minutes to listen to an episode. Notifications from filled my phone every day, of which I promptly ignored. Until one day I didn’t.
The situation is sort of representative of the messaged I learned that day. “A small menial task,” or, in my case, the notifications, “that is done every day will beat the efforts of a sporadic Hercules.” I was met with a notification every day until I finally did something about it: either unsubscribe or listen. I listened. And the one I happened to listen to represented the perfect message that I needed to learn to be successful: consistency.
Consistency, perseverance, and determination can get an individual anywhere that person believes him or herself to be. Within reason, which is not expecting to sprout feathers and fly, a person can accomplish whatever they set their mind to, which is done through the persistent belief, or faith, in their destiny. This is achieved through a commitment to their goals.
As a small personal example, I believe in my heart that I am meant to be a messenger, or an angel, of good health. To accomplish this, I have to embody the idea of good health. I went from smoking half a pack of cigarettes a day to eating vegan. Now, I know I am healthy—and as such, every day I pursue actions that continue to perpetuate a healthy lifestyle. My health has been proven by a recent blood test, and I couldn’t have done it without continuing to stay persistent with pursuing my goals.
One fitness goal I set to complete was 50 push ups in the morning and another 50 at night. After two weeks, I noticed a significant change in my strength. Where I started out completing 10 reps five times, I changed my routine to complete 15 reps twice and finish with 20 to save time. Now, I easily do 15 reps in four reps and am already considering increasing my total push ups again.
While this is just a small portion of how I improved my health, you can see how thinking of my health every day eventually improved my health. I planned a measurable goal that I was able to accomplish every day without fail, and eventually, I started to see progress. This can be done in other aspects of life as well, whether it be learning to write, dance, or paint. Continuing to think about an idea will perpetuate its existence in your life.
Whereas a person who can complete 150 push ups in one day and have accomplished getting sore the next morning, a small task done every day will eventually trump the other’s efforts. My small menial task has already lead me to complete at least 100 pushups every day for 14 days, which comes out to a grand total of 1400 push ups after two weeks. That’s a lot of push ups!
Try it out. Set a small goal to complete every day, such as eating an apple every day or making a bowl of oatmeal in the morning, and see how you feel after two weeks. Has your diet changed? Do you feel different? Do you have more energy? Is your digestion better now that you’re getting more fiber? Make sure to stick to your goal and monitor your progress!