Character, competence and consistency. A quick search on the internet will expose those words in all their splendor. Character is defined as, “the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.” In other words, character is who you are. Competence is defined as, “the ability to do something successfully or efficiently”. This shows that competence refers to what one does. Consistency, on the other hand, is the quality or the ability to stay on a task. The reward for consistency is that one can have what one desires.
It is an open secret those three words are the secret ingredient that makes a successful individual. If we examine them a little closer, it can be said that Character is who you must BE, Competence is what you must DO, and Consistency is what births what you will HAVE.
The order is very important. You must first be before you can do and eventually have. In a few instances, people have before they be or do. A biblical example is the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). He missed the order of things, he chose to have his inheritance before he could be a person that could have it or do anything productive with it. In that story we learn that he lost it all, the simple reason is that he didn’t have the capacity to keep it.
In our environment, we have examples of people that want to have before they can be or do. You can see such people typing away on their keyboard hoping to scam someone online. Some of them are stealing with guns others with pens. A few others are waiting for a big lottery win or the next MMM. They are everywhere in our environment, however, they most often end the same way – they lose all they have gathered.
So what am I suggesting?
I am suggesting that you begin with the end in mind. What do you want to have? But you can’t afford to start from there. You need to ask yourself, who must I be and what must I do to get what I want to have. If you can answer those questions properly. It would be inevitable to have what you desire.
Let’s look at some examples.
Say you want to have good grades in school. You need to ask yourself, who must I be and what must I do to have the good grades. Your answer may be: I have to be a good student and do my work diligently. To be a good student is quite broad, you might go a bit further to describe who a good student is and what such a person does. When you pattern your life in that regard, it becomes inevitable for you to have the results. Remember character, competence, and consistency. To have your desire you need to be consistent.
So you want to have a happy marriage or business. You need to ask yourself the same question like the student in our example above. Who must I be and what must I do to have a happy marriage or business. Your answer to those questions will set you up to have your desire.
In conclusion, consistency is the key to having your desire. However, if you what to sustain what you desire it is important that you begin with your character, you must become the kind of person that can have that thing you desire and then increase your competence by consistently doing those things that would guarantee you have your desire.
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