Hello and welcome to the Overflow podcast. My name is Craig Booker. The title of this episode is Fanatical Consistency. A lot of the material for this week’s episode was inspired by Craig Groeschel’s book, The Power to Change: Mastering the Habits That Matter Most. Note: I will talk a lot about mental health but please note this is not a substitute for therapy or mental health care. I am not a counselor or a physician. If you need help with mental health challenges, please find a qualified mental health professional. In this episode, we’re talking about fanatical consistency. In this episode, we are looking at how do successful people become successful people. We’ve talked a lot about our habits. We’ve talked about goals. We’ve talked about the person that we’re or The Who that we’re trying to become. So now we’re starting to put a lot of this together. A lot of the lessons that we learned in earlier episodes are starting to build into these later sections. Again we’re asking the question, how do successful people become successful people? Craig Groeschel goes into an introduction here in this section of the book, talking about how when you are growing up, how he used to view successful people and how he thought they got there was a lot of luck or coming across the right people or opportunities. What he describes is that as he got to know successful people, he learned that this was just not true. It was not luck. It was that when they were asked what they did, like maybe one thing that they did that contributed to their success, they could not answer the question. And what they learned is that it came down to being consistent and it wasn’t luck at all. So it was consistency, not luck. A quote from Craig Groeschel says “successful people are not lucky, they’re consistent”. He says, if you get to know successful people, you realize their success was not serendipitous. It was also not the result of a single moment, like one big bold action or decision. Just like we said, failure is not a landslide but an erosion. It works both ways. People succeed, they achieve their win, because of countless seemingly small actions and decisions they made consistently over time. The idea here is, what they call fanatical consistency. What the research concluded when they did some research on this, was they found that fanatical consistency leads to the success of the best of the best. Successful people do consistently what others do occasionally. What do successful people do consistently? Well surprise! Habits. What we’ve been talking about. The right strategic habits. Once again, he says not luck, but consistency. As we revisit the story of Daniel in the Bible. Daniel prayed three times a day. God granted him favor in many different ways. It makes you want to know, why did God grant him this favor? And it says that Daniel consistently sought God three times per day. He was faithful in the little things. Then later in the book, he talks about this author Malcolm Gladwell, who is famous for this idea of 10,000 hours for his 2008 book, Outliers: The Story of Success. Malcolm Gladwell studied successful people and what common thread did he find to explain their success? The answer was, ten thousand hours, of course. He discovered that across the board, people who became great at something put in 10,000 hours of practice. Craig Groeschel says people who are successful in their careers or marriages got there a little at a time. It wasn’t overnight. A lot a lot of times we see successful people and it seems like they got their success overnight, but what we don’t see is all of the little bitty actions they took over a long period of time to get there. As we look at the exercise for this week, it says to complete the following sentences: It says one thing I have done occasionally that I want to become fanatically consistent at doing is (blank). Okay. so that’s the first question and then two it says: I can begin or increase my efforts to put in my 10,000 hours by (blank). So these are two questions for us to reflect on to figure out how we are going to be more consistent in the habits that we’ve chosen to start. Maybe we’ve chosen to stop somehow but as well we might look at this exercise this week as we are reflecting on our goals, on our habits, and ask ourselves these questions. Like what are we going to do to be more consistent in the things that we want to accomplish? Maybe we’re doing our habit a few times a week and we would like to increase that to three. Figure out what that is for you and what practical steps you can take. The second question it says: I can begin or increase my efforts. Again that could be going from two times a week to three. That just depends on what your habits that you’ve chosen are. So we have a principle for this section that says, successful people do consistently what others do occasionally. Wealth from get rich quick schemes quickly disappears. Wealth from hard work grows over time, Proverbs 13:11 New Living Translation. That’s all for this episode. Thank you for watching. If you like the video, give us a thumbs up and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future episodes.