By Ignacio Gallardo
The answer to this question is consistency. Regardless of what you are trying to accomplish, if you are consistent in your approach, you will be successful in achieving your goals. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. Look at it this way; if you want to develop tennis skills, you have to hit tons of tennis balls. If your goal is to run a marathon, you have to run…A LOT If you want to learn a new language, you have to immerse yourself in it for long periods of time. Show me a leader in any arena, and I’ll show you a model of consistency.
It’s a New Year and if you’re like me, you felt an obligation to declare a resolution or two, something in your life that you want to accomplish. If you’ve had trouble in the past sticking to your resolutions then let me help…BE CONSISTENT! It doesn’t matter how you do, the bottom line is successful people just figure out a way to get it done.
Many of you will make resolutions to find a job before you graduate. The best piece of advice I can give you is to be consistent. The bad news about the job market in the media is enough to make anyone feel hopeless. But let me assure you, there ARE jobs out there. And the students that are consistent and persistent are the ones that are finding them.
A consistent approach also includes not cutting any corners, especially in your job search. Tend to your professional network. Do your employer research. Have your resume and cover letter looked over again…for the 20th time! Work on your smile and handshake. Practice your interview responses out loud in front of the mirror. Dress your best. Trim your nails. Yes, all these little things count.
Beating yourself up over past failures will get you nowhere. We’ve all been in situations where things just didn’t go our way. It’s more important to learn from your mistakes and only use the past as a reference point. A much better use of your time and energy is to focus on the future. Visualize success by keeping your eye on the prize. The pictures in your mind will carry you through.
So, don’t miss out on this opportunity to be consistent in your approach to fulfilling your goals. January 1 is your chance at a new start. Decide what you want to accomplish and take action. Don’t stop until you reach the finish line. Be consistent in everything you do and success is sure to follow.