The Courage of Consistency

The older I get, the more I realize how ballsy it is to show up and do the same thing week after week.

When I was younger, I had the impression that it was the pursuers of novelty and the unknown who were brave, and the “slaves of routine” were the ones who gave in to fear. Of course, this is often true.

But if a routine is challenging and important and worthwhile enough, things get flipped.

It doesn’t require all that much courage to flit to something new.

It does require courage to stay the course – particularly if you won’t see the results for weeks, or months, or years.

When we commit to routines and then abandon them, I think it’s not because we are inherently “undisciplined,” but because we’re afraid. We’re afraid that all of our work will come to nothing – an already acute fear that becomes stronger when you talk about investments of weeks or months or years of work. We don’t necessarily acknowledge this fear, so it can rise up to sabotage us in different ways – like our “lazy” habits.

Only the really brave see the end of a routine or consistent practice, like those friends of mine who have written daily for hundreds of days, or those wise people who have saved and invested for years, or the men and women who have spent years pursuing sports or martial arts.

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James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

Comments 1

  1. Hmmm

    Counterpoint:

    As I am enveloped by the twilight of my existence, I have come to realize the most courageous among us are those that refuse to submit to the status quo which demands we keep nose to the grindstone. The courage to stop, step back and search for a fresh perspective and direction is the key. For it is only through their daring to change that humans survived, prospered and evolved to become the dominate species.

    Albert Einstein summed it up best with his definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”?

    Warren Bufffett was once asked that if he had a choice between luck and brains to succeed on Wall Street which would he choose; Without hesitation he said that he would take luck every time……

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