I know I’m not the best writer out there in the digital world. I’m hardly the best writer here on Medium.
I don’t have that many followers, I don’t always get a huge volume of reads on my articles, and I don’t always get a hundred claps.
I’m not the best — but, I am getting closer.
And consistency is the thing that is getting me there.
There’s that saying that goes, “quality over quantity” — and I do agree.
However, it is possible to produce large quantities of quality work.
I’ve read several articles that have somewhat deterred or discouraged writers from publishing “too many” articles in a given time frame.
This, I don’t agree with.
Instead, to paraphrase that, I’d suggest that writers not publish too many unreviewed, unpolished, unedited, unready fluff pieces that were not given too much thought or effort.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m all for getting your thoughts down on paper.
You never want to lose a good idea. That’s what journaling and rough drafts are for, but not finished pieces.
The work-around here is having a plethora of drafts and ideas to work on diligently.
There’s that other saying that goes, “Slow and steady wins the race” — well, we all know the ending to the tale of the tortoise and the hair (the tortoise wins).
But, life is not a race.
Winning or succeeding in life isn’t determined by how fast or how slow you go.
Everyone goes at their own pace, everyone has their own finish lines, and everyone their own personal goals.
The thing to be mindful of when working towards success is consistency.
Again, I know that I’m not the best, but I do know that I am consistent — this is what has made me a better writer, a stronger runner, and a more balanced person in general.
So, the next time you start working towards a goal, start a passion project, or even create a New Year’s resolution, remember that the key to progress is consistency.
That’s how you will get closer to succeeding every single time.