Rome was not built in a day and many an “overnight” success was decades in the making. We all have the same 24 hours; it is what we do with them that counts. One powerful way to make our hours count the most is focus; consistent, constant focus. The one with the eye fixed most firmly on the prize tends to go the farthest.
It is such an easy thing, a simple thing really: Intelligent repetition. Well-designed routines. Constructive habits. Well thought out plans, built upon deep self-awareness, fine-tuned based upon ongoing feedback.
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier, 1885-1950
“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” – Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within, Unlimited Power
“After years of cutting corners and trying to build a tennis career on the cheap, he committed to a consistent routine (NYT 7/10/23)… ‘following that routine was at once the easiest and the hardest thing for a player to learn. Anyone can focus for a week or a month, but not seeing quick results can make a player question whether diligence makes any difference.’” – Martin Blackman, general manager, player development, U.S.T.A, speaking of Chris Eubanks, 2023 Wimbledon quarterfinalist.
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier