In my book, The Achievement Code, the third C of the 3-C Formula for living your best life is consistency. It’s not a very sexy topic, but it’s a very important one.
Whether it be in parenting, intimate relationships, managing and leading people or financial and career success, consistency matters. And it’s where most people fall short of achieving what they truly want.
Saving money consistently over many years gets compound interest working for you. There are many millionaires today that have never actually earned that much in wages and salaries. But they took small, CONSISTENT steps toward financial freedom.
For over 30 years, I’ve been teaching the value of practicing “Correction without Invalidation”. I’m a proponent of this practice because I used to beat myself up badly for making mistakes and how life-changing it was when I discovered the value of mistakes rather than feeling guilty for making them.
They say that you never make the same mistake twice. The first time may be a mistake. But the next time, it’s a decision. Well if that’s true, I’ve made a lot of bad decisions in my life. Good chance you have, too.
And it used to be so painful to admit to myself and to others when I messed up. Sometimes it took days and even months to recover from having erred. Even though I was well intentioned, the guilt spirals I went into were debilitating.
Do You Know the Difference?
Living your best life doesn’t just happen. It needs to be by choice rather than by chance.
Your best life requires design and planning. And they are closely associated.
But in my mind, designing is different than planning. Designing is the vision of what you want your life to look like. As the architect of your life, you design it the way you want it to be.