“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — John Wooden
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” — Theodore Roosevelt
Lack of consistency is often a sign of lack of priority. (Procrastination, fear, and inaction also get in the way, but priority-lessness is the main culprit.) It’s kinda hard to be consistent if you don’t know what you want, or if you go after too many things at once.
Lack of priority, on the other hand, is tricky. It could mean that you aren’t clear on what’s important to you, or that you’re trying to do everything (and therefore aren’t accomplishing anything). But lack of priority is also a sign of lack of autonomy over your life.
Sometimes you don’t have the luxury to prioritize what’s important to you. At least not immediately or the way you would like. For example, I’ve been inconsistent lately with my podcast, not out of desire or laziness, but because I’ve been dealing with some jaw/TMJ pain and it’s been difficult (and honestly demoralizing) to record long conversations. It’s something I have to take care of so that I can reset my momentum and be consistent.
Lack of time is also another big cause of lack of priority (and therefore inconsistency). If you are overbooked, you’ll be running from one thing to another (usually late) without enough time to give each thing you do the breathing room it needs to flourish. Or maybe you aren’t doing well financially so you have to spend a lot of your time working on things that wouldn’t be your first choice (beggars can’t be choosers, as they say.)
Of course, these limitations are final or fatal. It just means we’ve got work to do. If we want to be consistent, if we want to have priority over our priority, then we have to solve the immediate problems in front of us first. Pining over something we can’t have (yet) only slows us down. It’s better to do what you have to now so that you can do what you want to as soon as possible. Every step in that direction takes us a little closer to that reality.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1259