Do you remember the children's story The Tortoise and the Hare? The hare was so convinced that he could win the race. That he was the fastest of them all, however, the steady tortoise WON the race..
A few things I gather from this book:
1. Distractions will get you every time... While the Tortoise was focused, consistent and determined the hare was off having lunch and taking a nap.
2. Slow and Steady wins the race, More importantly consistency won the race.. The tortoise won because he stayed on the path and just kept going.
3. Trust is established in consistency - I can trust the Tortoise.... If hiring, while the hare may look better - I'd hire the Tortoise, I know that day in and day out he would finish the race...
So are you the Hare who knows what you need to do, but often gets distracted by everyday things? Or, are you like the tortoises, shows up and is focused and consistent to win the race?
Being like the Tortoise may seem boring, but boring establishes reputation which in turn establishes trust.
What do you want to be know for? The business person who can't complete a project, the mom whose home is in disarray ( and not from living, but because you can't be consistent to manage your time) or the person who can't lose the weight because you aren't consistent to stick to your diet? Or what about just the person who can't decide what your values are? One minute drinking is okay, the next it's not? One minute it's okay to lie, but the next it's not? One minute your scripture reading, next cursing?
We're not talking about perfection, we are rather looking at our lives and realizing that consistency does make a difference in who we are becoming.. We all make mistakes, need a day off, or change courses BUT, consistency is key overall.
What can you do today to establish consistency?
Love you bigger than Big!