Most of us underestimate the value of consistency.
Small habits, good or bad, done consistently, compounds over time. The results are so minimal that it doesn’t seem progress or regress.
For instance; if you decide to change your afternoon snack from samoosa with chai to an apple, you will not see any change in your body in weeks or months. But, if you do it consistently, by the 24th month, you would have lost 10KG of your body weight. Not to mention, feeling light every afternoon.
A similar example is Arslan Ash. We both lived in the same vicinity in Lahore and we both played Tekken 5,6 and Tag at that time in a local arcade, getting scolded by our families.
I left playing Tekken when Tag 2 came out but Arslan stayed consistent, he got better at it, every single day. And in 7-8 years’ time, Arslan became a world champion in Tekken, all the way from playing with gutka-munching Tekken players to beating undisputed Tekken gods.
Yes, it was talent, but more than that, it was his consistency.
What if you don’t make any change in your life, good or bad? And, don’t stay consistent with it.
Years will pass by, you will remain the same and just be a bit more bitter about it. And, that is not a happy place to be.
With that being said, I will urge you to make small changes in your life, very minimal positive changes, those changes will compound over time.
I will recommend reading “Atomic Habits” by James Clear to understand how habits are formed, how you can easily break one, create a new one and bundle down good habits.
I will also recommend reading “The compound effect” by Darren Hardy to understand the value of consistently putting good habits to use and how they compound over time.
I’m sorry if this post comes out as a cliche motivational post, I just had this thought stuck in my mind and I wanted to put it out.
Disclaimer: Please don’t send me an email to invite Arslan Ash to your event. I’m not on a friendship basis with Arslan. We just lived in the same area, i.e, Daroghewala, Lahore, and played in the same local arcade.