Best 135 Quotes & Tweets on Consistency

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Most people need consistency more than they need intensity. Intensity: -run a marathon -write a book in 30 days -silent meditation retreat Consistency: -don't miss a workout for 2 years -write every week -daily silence Intensity makes a good story. Consistency makes progress.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Your 1st blog post will be bad, but your 1000th will be great. Your 1st workout will be weak, but your 1000th will be strong. Your 1st meditation will be scattered, but your 1000th will be focused. Put in your reps.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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When building habits, choose consistency over content. The best book is the one you can’t put down. The best exercise is the one you enjoy doing every day. The best health food is the one you find tasty. The best work is the work you’d do for free.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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I have a suspicion that most adults (75%+) could pick any skill—excluding sports—and work their way into the top 10% in the world simply by working exclusively on it every day for two years. But almost nobody displays that degree of focus, so we will never know.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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In physical domains (diet, workouts), consistency is king. In intellectual and social domains, wins are rare, sudden, and nonlinear - 99% of effort is “wasted.” Once we find our ideal spouse, career, friends, we realize how much time we squandered by not moving on sooner.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Greatness is consistency. Meditating once is common. Meditating daily is rare. Exercising today is simple. Training every week is simply remarkable. Writing one essay doesn’t mean much. Writing every day practically makes you a hero. Unheroic days can make for heroic decades.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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What looks like talent is often careful preparation. What looks like skill is often persistent revision.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits. Your net worth is a lagging measure of your financial habits. Your weight is a lagging measure of your eating habits. Your knowledge is a lagging measure of your learning habits. You get what you repeat.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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If you don’t do it consistently, it’s not a habit. It’s a hobby.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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“Your favorite authors’ first drafts are bad—no better than yours.” —Julian Shapiro Your favorite athlete's first workout was just as bad as yours. Your favorite chef's first meal was just as bad as yours. Your favorite artist’s first work was just as bad as yours. Keep going

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Be radically proactive about any behavior that pays off in 10 years.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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As best I can tell, to achieve exceptional results you need 4 things: (1) Quantity: You take lots of shots. (2) Quality: You take thoughtful shots. (3) Consistency: You keep shooting for a long time. (4) Luck: You get a few favorable bounces.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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A 5-step process for nearly anything: (1) Explore widely. Find out what is possible. (2) Test cheaply. Run small, quick experiments. Sample things. (3) Edit ruthlessly. Focus on the best. Cut everything else. (4) Repeat what works. Don't quit on a good idea. (5) Return to 1.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The world is full of millions of winner-take-all games. You can become good, but not great, at anything via books, teachers, and mentors. It takes natural talent and obsession. Create, play, and win the game of you.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Persistence is paramount on the long road to product-market fit. Partners disappoint. Customers delay. Growth stalls. Passions fade. Loyalty to each other gets the team to the other side.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Take all the energy you spend on... -worrying about the past -worrying about the future -worrying about the news -worrying about what others think -worrying about if you might fail ... and channel that energy into one useful micro-action within your control. Then repeat.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Abilities that lead to intelligence: 1. The curiosity to experiment and explore. 2. The honesty to observe the world as it is, not as you wish it to be. 3. The humility to kill your favorite ideas when you learn something new. 4. The consistency to repeat this cycle for life.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The best exercise for gaining strength is not missing workouts.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Habits will form whether you want them or not. Whatever you repeat, you reinforce.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The way to attract good luck is to be reliable in a valuable area. The more you repeatedly deliver value, the more people seek you out for that value. Your reputation is a magnet. Once you become known for something, relevant opportunities come to you with no extra work.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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For years, I would force myself to write at least 25 possible titles for each article. Almost without fail, the best ideas came later in the list. The lesson: Don’t stop early. Ideas that are easy to think of are obvious. The good ideas come after the obvious ones are gone.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The most useful form of patience is persistence. Patience implies waiting for things to improve on their own. Persistence implies keeping your head down and continuing to work when things take longer than you expect.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Every choice you make is a step toward or away from the person you want to become. No single choice will get you where you want to go. Only repeated steps over time in the same direction will move you forward.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Before you dream about the view from the summit, ask yourself if you're willing to keep your head down, focus on the path, and spend your life walking up the side of a very big hill. It takes years of walking to earn a minute at the top.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Success is often a matter of luck and randomness, but it can be encouraged by effort and strategy.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Before something can compound, it must be sustained. This includes: -Money compounding in your portfolio -Productivity compounding in your organization -Love compounding in your relationships ...and more. In the long-run, the sustainable way is the fast way.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Slow and steady often wins because it keeps you motivated. Take on manageable challenges and you'll get frequent signals of progress. Bite off more than you can chew and progress stalls. When you make progress, you want to keep going. When you break progress, you want to stop.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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3 tips for getting started as a writer 1. Publish on a schedule. Consistency develops ability. 2. Share your writing publicly. Writing is a magnet. It attracts like-minded people. 3. Write about what fascinates you. You don't need to be an expert. Curiosity leads to expertise.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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It’s crazy how you hear the story of The Tortoise and the Hare while growing up, and assume it’s just a nice thing to tell kids—and then you start your career and watch it actually happen. The people who stick with things for years and never stop almost always win the race.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Showing up and working hard will always be the cost of entry. But when everyone else also works hard, your strategy is what makes the difference.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The more exceptional your environment, the less exceptional you need to be. True for your physical environment. True for your digital environment. True for your social environment. Upgrade all three phases and mix in some consistent effort, and you've got a potent combination.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Compounding works with consistency over time. While eating healthy once is easy, doing it for a year is transformational. It's easy to get one win. It's hard to get a lot of wins. Boring progress makes for exceptional results.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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How to make a really good painting: make a few hundred really bad paintings. How to write a really good article: write a few dozen really bad articles. How to succeed: fail a lot.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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It’s remarkable what you can build if you just don’t stop. - It’s remarkable the business you can build if you don’t stop working. - It’s remarkable the body you can build if you don’t stop training. - It’s remarkable the knowledge you can build if you don’t stop learning.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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We often describe mental toughness as something you use to get to the finish line: -finish what you start -just keep going -never give up But grit may be more powerful as something you use to get to the starting line: -never miss a workout -always show up -do it everyday

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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There are all kinds of cheat codes laying around, but they usually look boring. The cheat code is often the obvious thing. It's "the fundamentals" applied consistently and without distraction. There are many things people know work, but don't actually do.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Win the day and the decade falls into place.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The old gatekeepers were external: credentials, approval, access. The new gatekeepers are internal: curiosity, confidence, consistency.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Whenever you succeed with a small habit, you add a little to your general ability to stick with good habits. With each repeated success, your ability grows as does your trust and confidence in yourself. Slowly, you develop the ability to be consistent even in tough conditions.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The longer the time frame for results, the less you need intensity and the more you need consistency.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Not enough is said about the power of thinking about one topic for a long period of time. If you revisit a topic continually for a few years, most problems (and many solutions) will occur to you at some point. Expertise can be the gradual accumulation of many modest insights.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The 3-Step Cycle of Developing an Extraordinary Mind 1) Explore widely. Follow many people, listen to tons of podcasts, read more books. 2) Clean up your information feed. Subscribe to fewer newsletters, follow fewer people, re-read great books. All signal, no noise. 3) Repeat

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Success looks a lot like consistency over a long period of time

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

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Inspiration gets you started, but discipline keeps you going.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Self-talk strategies: If you need confidence, talk to yourself the way you would talk to a friend. If you need persistence, talk to yourself the way you would talk to a student. If you need patience, talk to yourself the way you would talk to a child.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The willingness to do the unsexy work is a competitive advantage.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Successful people share an uncommon persistence.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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The question “why do you want this job?” is also a sales tactic. The candidate will be forced to articulate good reasons out of politeness - and the desire for internal consistency will make them believe these reasons.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Starting something = 0.1% of effort Doing it consistently = 99.9% of effort

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

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The winners of any game are the people who are so addicted, that they continue playing even as the marginal utility from winning declines.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval