In the creative world, the business world and in the private world of personal growth, two words are of supreme importance.
You probably are vividly aware of what most think is the all in all, motivation. We all know people who believe that constant “busyness” is the key to productive, enjoyable living. It is essential, but just being busy does not, in the long run, accomplish much, except burnout. One word, when coupled with one other word, can make all the difference in each area of your life.
The secret is revealed in several biblical passages, one of which I will share momentarily. The often kept secret word/principle is mentioned by none other than the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare. Here’s his brief word on the word:
“Consistency, thou art a jewel,”
In the world of superior achievement or your personal growth world, being consistent is essential. People often live out of kilter between what they say and what they do, in other worlds that do walk their talk. In religious circles, the term used is “practice what you preach.” (How desperately we need a revival of practicing Christ).
The contemporary pastor and master motivator, John Maxwell states this truth in this verbiage:
"Motivation gets you are going, but discipline keeps you growing. That's the Law of Consistency. It doesn't matter how talented you are. It doesn't matter how many opportunities you receive. If you want to grow, consistency is key." John Maxwell
Throughout the Bible, the value of consistency is taught as one crucial part in the effort for practical living. Daily prayer, daily study, daily walking the talk, daily caring for the development of your inner self. The list of “dailies” is long. One of my favorites is given at the close of the paean of praise at 1Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (NKJV)
“Steadfast means to determine your course and make an adjustment to the winds and tides as necessary to maintain the course to the goal.” Always = Consistently!
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