Proverbs 30:27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
Here’s a common story:
You become fixated on a particular goal. Like writing a novel. Or losing weight. For the first couple of days, you ride that wave of motivation. You show up, do the work, move on. Another day won. But then the novelty wears off. You start skipping practice. You stop being consistent. A day here and a day there and before long you haven’t written a word for days or been to the gym this month.Sounds familiar?
Every year people make new resolutions. Do they follow up on them? Most don’t. Why? They lack consistency. The only thing they are consistent at is starting and stopping.
One reason for failure is lack of consistency; correcting that requires self-discipline. Discipline is doing what you know needs to be done, even if you don’t want to do it. It was discipline that caused Daniel to pray 3 times per day, every day, even at the threat of being thrown into the lion’s den. Larry Bird led the NBA in free throw percentages in four years, because of his discipline to throw 500 free throws every day before breakfast. The scripture highlights the locusts and their consistency. They do what they need to do without anyone guiding or prodding them.
The reality is that even when you know what you must do to realize success, you could find yourself not doing it. That is what differentiates the successful from unsuccessful. The successful identify what they must do and do it, not just sometimes, but all the time. That takes discipline.
Life Application: Uncover the actions replicated by the most successful in your field and apply them to your life with consistency.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I am guilty of not being consistent. I get so excited sometimes about doing something and then it wears off. Help me to be consistent with the things that will benefit my life. In Jesus name, amen.