Every new year presents us with the opportunity for a new beginning, renewed expectations, and eagerness to succeed.
We are quick to overlook the failure and challenges of the past year believing that the new year will be different.
But it is sad to know that most expectations, desires, and resolutions only end by the end of January. Some of them were last terminated by February or March.
But I will like to show you a way that I believe will help you get the best out of this new year and end the year with your desires and expectations delivered into your hands.
I like you to understand that, the reason why you experience failure in a particular is not that your plans aren’t valid.
We all have great plans and expectations. We have great resolutions that we are convinced will mark a breakthrough year, but only to finish the year without experiencing any of them.
So, what is wrong?
From my experience, I believe the major factor affecting our results is the “lack of consistency” in our approach to our plans and expectations.
Consistency is the key that guarantees the delivery of every desire.
To be consistent means to have steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, and so on. It is also the quality of always behaving or performing in a similar way.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently.
Consistency is powered by faith rather than experience. If you believe that your plans or expectations will come to pass, you will do all that is required to get there. But if you are driven by experience, you will easily compromise and give up.
Consistency establishes you. It gives you stability.
Eph 6:13-14 KJV 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Consistency requires discipline
Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time. -John C. Maxwell,
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. George Washington
Improvements in life don’t have to be costly because part of the beauty of consistency is that it permits you to be incremental in your progress.
How can you become consistent?
- Have your battle plans for the year. Count the cost and be ready to stick to it. Be realistic about it. Stick with it no matter what. Only make little adjustments to it if necessary but never deviate.
- To have consistent behavior, strive for consistent thinking. Don’t easily change your mind about your goal. Those who change their minds at every stop achieve little or nothing in life.
- Don’t wait for motivation. Some days you won’t feel like doing it, but you must keep on going. Even if it’s a little result you are getting at first, your consistency will bring greater results.
- Focus on the process rather than the outcome. The result comes from a thorough process. If you fail in your process, you will never get your desired result. Take responsibility for the process, not the potential results. Most of the time, our desired results may not come in our time. But it will surely come. What you can control is showing up to get the job done.
- if possible, have someone look after you. Someone you can be accountable to. Who can challenge you if you are defaulting?
- Avoid dwelling on failure. Learn your lesson from every failure fast and move on. If you miss what should be done on a particular day, learn to forgive yourself and start again. But don’t tolerate failure or make it a habit.
- Stick to a simple plan. Don’t try to achieve in a year what you will achieve in 10 years. Our belief in the supernatural should not stop us from having realistic expectations. But always give chance for the supernatural moves of God.
Lastly, I will like to close with the words of Mother Teresa, who said, “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”