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The Most Boring Super Power in The World – Obtain it and Thrive!

Issue #400 – Monday, December 4, 2023

By MaryEllen Tribby
Centerpointe CEO

Ladies and gentlemen, I want to introduce you to a seemingly mundane yet incredibly potent superpower that has propelled many to the zenith of success.

I call it the "Most Boring Superpower the World.” It may not have the flashiness of capes or the dramatic flair of explosions, but it is the secret sauce that ignites the fires of greatness within us all.

What is it?


So let's delve into the reasons why consistency is vital for success and thriving, with fascinating insights from iconic figures like Tony Robbins, Elon Musk, and Steve Jobs, and a nod to Malcolm Gladwell's famous 10,000-hour rule.

The Myth of Overnight Success

Let's begin by dispelling a common myth that's prevalent in our society - the myth of overnight success. In today's world, where instant gratification seems to be the norm, we often overlook the years of persistence and dedication that go into achieving greatness.

Tony Robbins, the legendary life coach and self-help guru, has aptly stated,

"It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently." 

This is the essence of the "Boring Superpower."

Consistency in the Face of Obstacles

Consistency isn't just about doing something regularly when everything is going smoothly; it's about staying committed even when the going gets tough.

Take Elon Musk, the visionary entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX, for instance. Musk has repeatedly emphasized that the path to innovation and success is filled with obstacles and failures. He once said,

"If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it."

Musk's relentless pursuit of space exploration and electric vehicles didn't come to fruition overnight. It was his unwavering consistency and determination that led to groundbreaking achievements.

The 10,000-Hour Rule

Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000-hour rule, outlined in his book Outliers, posits that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. While this rule has been debated, it underscores the importance of consistent effort in becoming an expert.

Consistency is not just about the quantity of hours you put in, but also the quality of your practice. It's about showing up day after day, honing your skills, and striving for improvement.

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, exemplified this principle throughout his career. He once said,

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle."

The Power of Daily Habits

Consistency isn't just about grand gestures or monumental achievements; it's often found in the small, daily habits that compound over time. Think of these habits as the building blocks of success.

Many successful individuals credit their daily routines for their achievements. For instance, Warren Buffett, one of the world's most successful investors, follows a simple habit of reading several hours a day. Over time, this consistent practice has allowed him to accumulate a wealth of knowledge and insights that have been instrumental in his success.

The Domino Effect of Consistency

Consistency sets off a domino effect that permeates every aspect of our lives. When you consistently pursue a goal, it not only enhances your skills but also builds resilience and mental fortitude. This, in turn, spills over into other areas of your life, making you more capable of handling challenges and setbacks.

The famous author and motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, once said,

"Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals."

In other words, consistency unlocks a cascade of positive outcomes.

The Role of Grit and Perseverance

Grit, defined as a combination of passion and perseverance, is closely intertwined with consistency.

Angela Duckworth, a psychologist and author of the book Grit, has conducted extensive research on the subject. She found that individuals who displayed high levels of grit were more likely to achieve their long-term goals.

Grit is what keeps you going when the initial excitement fades and the road ahead seems daunting. It's the fuel that powers your consistent efforts. Duckworth's research shows that grit, not innate talent, is the primary predictor of success.

Consistency in Business

In the world of entrepreneurship and business, consistency is a cornerstone of success. Businesses that consistently deliver high-quality products or services gain trust and loyalty from customers.

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has emphasized the importance of customer trust. He once said,

"If you build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful."

Amazon's unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional customer experiences, day in and day out, has made it a global e-commerce giant.

Consistency in Your Personal Development Journey 

Personal development is another domain where consistency plays a pivotal role.

When we embark on a journey of self-improvement, it's often the small, consistent actions that yield the most significant results. Whether it's learning a new language, adopting a healthier lifestyle, acquiring a new skill or starting your mediation path, consistency is the driving force.

American author and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, succinctly captured this idea with his quote,

"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."

The Compounding Effect

Consistency has a remarkable way of compounding over time.

Imagine you commit to saving a small amount of money regularly. Initially, it might not seem like much, but as time goes by, the power of compound interest takes over, and your savings grow exponentially. 

This principle applies to various aspects of life, from personal finance to skill development. It's about sowing the seeds of consistency today to reap a bountiful harvest in the future.

Consistency in the Face of Failure

Failure is an inevitable part of any journey towards success. However, it's how we respond to failure that truly matters. Consistency provides the resilience needed to bounce back from setbacks and continue moving forward.

Michael Jordan, widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, once said,

"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

Jordan's consistent dedication to his craft, even in the face of failure, propelled him to unparalleled heights in the world of sports.

Consistency as a Lifestyle

To truly harness the power of consistency, it must become a way of life. It's not about temporary bursts of effort but a long-term commitment to your goals and values. Your actions should align with your aspirations consistently.

This is a philosophy embraced by successful individuals like Oprah Winfrey, who once said,

"I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself."

Consistency becomes a part of who you are, guiding your decisions and actions.

So in a world that often celebrates the extraordinary and the sensational, we must not underestimate the power of the "The World’s Most Boring Superpower."

Consistency is the quiet force that underlies the achievements of everyone who wants a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life - like you!

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