Consistence versus persistence – both necessary to success

    Ever wondered what the difference is? Both are adjectives but have different meanings.


    • Basically, you do the same thing over and over
    • Go to bed same time, get up the same time
    • Eat meals at the same time each day
    • A daily routine for doing things – emails, phone calls, projects
    • Dependability – people come to expect you to be on time, to do your work
    • Quality – everyone likes to know they can expect good quality from you

    With all this said, there is an inherent danger that you get in such a habit of doing things, that you expect different results. Ain’t gonna happen.


    • Stickibility
    • Hanging on
    • Overcoming every obstacle
    • Never give up
    • Keep fighting until you win
    • Going the extra mile
    • Completing the journey

    Everyone faces some obstacle, or bump in the road of life. We all face something that seems to overwhelm us and the greatest temptation is to just quit!

    Vince Lombardi was right: “Quitters never win and winners never quit.”

    So many quit when they are so near the goal. Some just tire out and can’t walk another yard, or so they think.

    I had the privilege of working with the Insurance magnate, A. .L. Williams, of A. L. Williams and Assoc. I remember vividly standing in front of his desk once when I had done everything I could do to make a tour program work for his organization and I just couldn’t seem to get it done.

    I will never forget what he told me, which I later learned was the title of his best-selling book: All you can do is all you can do, but all you can do is enough, and he quoted those words to me. It was a life changing experience. I quickly learned that some things were literally beyond my control and after I had done all I could do, that was enough.

    There just comes a time in everyone’s life when you have done all you can do. Everyone, no matter how strong or invincible you may be, will come to a place in your life when you need a helping hand.

    It’s not a sign of weakness to reach out to someone for help – to the contrary, it shows great fortitude and faith. I know several people who were struggling, but just would not reach out and ask for help. There are times when I would love to have come alongside another person and told them I would help them carry the load.

    Stubbornness, selfishness, self-will, arrogance, all these contribute to a downfall, when it could all have been avoided by just asking for help.

    Putting it all together

    While the two adjectives are different, they both are necessary for success in any project.

    You need to be consistent in everything you do. It’s not enough to get up the same time every day and do nothing when you get up!

    It does absolutely no good to go to bed every night at the same time if you don’t get out of bed and do some work. It’s one thing to punch a clock every day and still not be consistent in getting your work done.

    What value is it to build something, or do something and then what you build or do falls apart! You need to have quality and value, you just have to be consistent to produce it.

    It’s not enough to learn to fly an airplane if your desire is to fly with a precision air team! You have to go through hours, days, weeks and months of training. It also requires teamwork, cooperation with others and a clear objective. It requires you to stick to it and overcome every obstacle that you hit.

    You have to keep your eye on the goal and proceed with unrelenting desire to reach it. You will have to swim rivers, cross mountains, hit detours and loads of speed bumps, but the goal is worth the effort.

    “When you are going through hell, keep on going. Never never never give up.”

    Winston Churchill

    Is there any part of this that you don’t understand? Just never give up!


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