Consistency Equals Success
If you read our blog enough you know that Kelly and I are huge Green Bay Packer fans. Fanatical is probably a more accurate statement. Nothing makes us happier than watching the Packers win over a cocktail and a block of cheese the size of a car battery. As you can imagine, it’s taken a few days for me to process the NFC Championship game. Consistency killed us, or a lack there of.
If you hate sports stay with me.
We beat ourselves.
Whoa! Think about that one!
We carefully orchestrated our championship loss starting in the first half. Five drives all scoring drives but only one touchdown equals 19 points. It wasn’t enough to ensure victory in a professional championship game.
We executed but we simply didn’t execute well enough.
There was the Seattle touchdown, where our 15th ranked defense let one through after playing a surprisingly stellar effort up to that point.
Then the Seattle 2 point conversion which negated the fact that Aaron Rodgers can finish you with just 1:30 seconds left in the game. He marched down the field and we settled for 3 more points on the board to tie the game instead of winning the game.
We would have won the game with a touchdown or a defensive thwarting of the Seattle 2 point play.
Those three points wouldn’t have mattered if we scored just one more touchdown out of the 5 scoring drives in the first half.
Those three points wouldn’t have mattered if we scored a touchdown on 40% of the successful drives instead of 20% in first half.
Some people blame Bostick for muffing the onside kick that everyone knew was coming.
Seattle had to execute an onside kick.
Statistically the circumstances that led to the Packer loss were astronomical.
ALL the planets had to align for Seattle and they did.
We shouldn’t have ever been there, btw; in overtime.
One more touchdown out of 5 scoring drives and this whole argument becomes mute.
One defensive play stopping the 2 point conversion and the argument becomes mute.
We should’ve never been in overtime to lose the coin toss.
Many people disagree with my viewpoint on sudden death to end a football game.
I believe in sudden death.
Who cares about the coin toss or one more chance for either team?
Bottom line, sudden death means the professionals on both sides DIDN’T GET THEIR JOB DONE.
The fact is WE aligned those planets that resulted in Seattle’s good fortune.
It was the absence of consistency on Green Bay’s offense (an offense that has scored over 50 points in back to back games which is astounding in professional football) that set the stage for the heartbreaking loss.
We beat ourselves.
No one else to blame.
You see, happiness and success in your romantic relationships, your family life, and your career are defined by consistency.
Your life is dictated by what you do on a consistent basis every single day.
It’s not accurate to say a single event, no matter how positively exhilarating or how tragic has any significant weight on your actual success.
As humans we tend to put far too much stock into single events.
Think about it.
We beat ourselves.
A single positive event can definitely be a game changer in any career, but only if it’s supported by a solid foundation of consistent preparation.
Luck = preparation + opportunity.
Michael Jordan was a God among men in professional basketball but he needed the rest of the Chicago Bulls to win.
He couldn’t do it himself.
Jordan was also demoted to the JV team sophomore year in high school, so he wasn’t born pissing excellence. Yes, he had tremendous talent but he also outworked everybody else.
I’ll bet he learned that fact during that fateful sophomore year where he DOMINATED the jayvee team.
Too many people believe that a “lucky break” should be the instigator for a consistent work ethic.
“If I could get this, then I would do that” Ugh.
Let me save you the suspense. Without consistency, you aren’t prepared at the point you get the lucky break.
This results in failure.
I’ll bet if you honestly dissect the events leading up to any previous failed opportunity, you will discover that you weren’t prepared.
Hey man, that’s fixable.
Too many people let a tragedy derail their whole life or career. A tragedy is but a drop in a sea of hard work.
Yes, it’s devastating, but the courageous move on because they have to and the work sees them through.
Don’t give anyone or anything permission to make you feel bad or ruin you.
A person or event can only wreck you with your permission.
I mean, you love the work, right?
Do you know how many people waste their lives away in a job they hate?
Remember that next time you’re feeling sorry for yourself.
I have seen very mediocre talent become superstars because they out work everyone.
They want it more.
I have seen artists literally born with a golden gift from God piss away COUNTLESS enviable opportunities because they won’t work.
The takeaway from those two previous statements is consistency.
Whether you are mediocre or you have a God given gift, success only happens with consistent work.
How can you be more consistent?
Stay in tune.
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