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The Breakthrough in Boredom

Consistency gets boring. There, I said it. Consistency literally entails doing the same things over, and over, and over again. When we think of consistency we often link it to new achievements and "blow up" moments, while in reality it's actually much more simple than that. Consistency is required for even the most simple and common things to take place, such as maintenance of what already is. In order to keep from backsliding and losing ground, action is required, and said action doesn't always yield some glamorous result. In fact, most of what we do on a day to day, such as wake up and go to work, is only necessary to get what we've always gotten and live where we've always lived. Yet, it's still "necessary".


Consistency is required for even the most simple and common things to take place, such as maintenance of what already is.

I'd like to take this a little further and break down this necessity from another perspective, as this article's main goal isn't to deter people from being consistent in the seemingly simple things. Let's have a look at it from the perspective of paying a monthly subscription, and let's say that subscription is to a streaming service. In the beginning it's exciting; you'll find new shows, new movies you've never seen, and even revisit old favorites. But as time goes on you'll have all of your favorites locked into a rotation, you'll have narrowed down what you're really into and now all you're actually doing is watching new seasons of something you started a long time ago. In the event that a month goes by that no new shows come to your attention, and even if your favorite movie loses it's "zing", the payment for this subscription is still due. Why is that? Well, because if you don't pay it you'll lose access to the service entirely. This means no more access to your shows as they come out with new seasons, and no access to new movies set to release in the future. In this scenario it's not about what you gain in the moment, it's more about maintenance, and ensuring access to what's to come in the future.


... it's not about what you gain in the moment, it's more about maintenance, and ensuring access to what's to come in the future.

This same principle applies in other areas of our lives and relationships, be them business or personal. If we're not consistent in the way we perform on our job, we risk termination. If we're not consistent in the way we treat our significant other, we risk a break up. If we're not consistent in the way we work on our dreams and pursue our personal goals, we risk never making it to the other side of our aspirations. Consistency is more about remaining in place to receive what's on the way to us than anything else. It's about being in the right place at the right time, whenever that time is, and staying ready so we don't have to get ready. Preparation and maintenance are the name of the game in this regard.


Consistency is more about remaining in place to receive what's on the way to us than anything else.

It's not always the most exciting thing to be, but it is the most necessary. No matter what it is, good or bad, if we're consistent in anything it will give way to our will. The moral of this story is to remain, even when things feel bland, so long as you're sure that what you're doing actually works.


Stay present. Stay persistent. Stay ready. Breakthrough is coming.

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