The Art of Consistency


“It’s not what we do once and a while that shapes our lives.  It is what we do consistently.” – Tony Robbins

If you forgot I wrote a blog, no offense taken.

So did I.

It’s been 2 months since the last post.

The reason? No consistency.

Next to Rickson Gracie, consistency may be the most powerful force in the universe.

Consistency is the distance between us and our best life.

What we consistently do, we become.

I have not consistently dedicated time to writing.

No writing = No blog posts.

It’s a simple equation.

Being consistent in anything is difficult.

Our brains are hardwired for safety, not success.

To achieve success, you must be consistent.

I have been rehabbing from ACL surgery for the past 10 months.

If I had an anti-bucket list (right before getting arrested on live TV) it would be tearing my ACL.

The surgery & physical therapy are no joke, but the outcome has exceeded my expectations.



For 10 months, I consistently focused the time & effort needed to get back to full speed.

My repaired knee is almost back to full strength & flexibility.

No small feat.

But consistency and I have bumpy relationship.  

If we were married, we’d be in counselling.

My favorite side project, my blog, has been ignored.

My MacBook has become the witness protection program for my best ideas.  

It’s the place where my ideas go to disappear.    

No consistency, no results.  

It’s time to to change that.

The solution- the 20 Minute Plan:

  • Pick 1 project that has been ignored.
  • Work on that project non-stop for 20 minutes.
  • Repeat daily.

My goal is to write 20 minutes each day and post 1 new blog each week.

Simple, but not easy.

How about you?

Where do you need more consistency in your life?

  • Declutter your house?
  • Get in better shape?
  • Get your finances in order?

Focus 20 uninterrupted minutes each day to your MIP (Most Ignored Project).

By the time you see Halloween costumes in Target,  you will have worked 1,800 minutes on your project.

That’s 30 hours.


Imagine the progress?

Imagine how good you will feel?

So what can stop us?

Only ourselves…

Jim Rohn said, “What’s easy to do, is also easy not to do.”

We have to make it as easy of possible to stay consistent.

Here’s an app that helps me stay consistent:

Give it a try.

There is one place where being consistent is easy.

It’s the EXACT spot where I tore my ACL in jiu jitsu last April.

When that space on the mat opens up, I drag the BOSU & medicine ball over.

I do some high energy PT on the spot where my knee popped.

This spot has become my favorite place to train.

Consistency has turned that spot from where I got hurt, to where I get stronger.

Being inconsistent is AVERAGE.

Consistency leads to REMARKABLE.

-Joe Ciccarone



About Joe Ciccarone

Host of the “Built Not Born” podcast, Blogger ( & BJJ Black Belt. "Escape Average, Be Remarkable."
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3 Responses to The Art of Consistency

  1. Keep pushing yourself my friend! It’s tough coming back from an injury, but you’re doing it!

  2. Great post, Joe! So true about the value of consistency in one’s life. Love the fact that you go back to the “scene of the crime” to do your workouts. I’m glad to have played a small role in your rehab, but you are where you are physically and mentally because of your hard work and positive attitude.Congrats and keep driving to the finish line and beyond!

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