Consistency

blog Nov 17, 2011

One of the problems I have is I am not consistent.

I have so many ideas going through my head throughout the day.

As I look back on my career, I find that my biggest weakness is that lack of consistency. It’s a very challenging thing to admit your weaknesses, especially in a blog post, but this week I admit that I am horrible at being consistent. This is one of

the reasons I am very particular about tweeting four or five times a week and adamant about writing this blog and getting a new post up every week. (Except on Christmas, because I need a break.)

The way I see it, if I skip a week because I don’t have the time, that would lead to skipping two weeks because I don’t feel well, which would lead to I have nothing to sayI have nothing to say would lead to I had a late night out with my buddies, which would ultimately take me somewhere like I’ll just do it when I feel like it. I don’t want that to happen. I need a place to vent, to create, and to inspire. I have been obsessing this week about consistency. I want to speak and travel more, but I have to say, my life is pretty awesome right now. More on that in January when I get back from Hawaii and overseas (hint, hint).

Someone very close to me said, “Sometimes your blog can be corny.” I thought to myself, at least it’s consistent.  The reason why I’m talking about this is I think the biggest roadblock in my speaking career is that I’ve never had a consistent, clear vision. Yes, I wanted to be that guy who speaks between twenty and fifty times a year, but I never mapped out exactly how to get there. Instead, I’ve had many, many discussions and meetings with friends, family, colleagues, and Dean Ellis about how I should get there but I never got down to the core or the place where I said to myself, this is what I have to do, and no matter what, I’m going to do it.

How many people have an amazing idea or the great American novel in the back of their minds? Decide what you’re going to do and be consistent about it. Most people get a great idea and work on it for a few days, even a few weeks, but they get no traction or life gets in the way and it goes on in the back burner. I struggle with this every day.

I guess I will always struggle with it.

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