To achieve long-range objectives over time, there must be a pattern of consistency or the day-to-day distractions will impact the overall success of the team.

Have you ever considered the time investment in some of the world’s greatest achievements?

* It took 26 months to build the Eiffel Tower.
* It took Da Vinci 4 years to paint the Mona Lisa.
* It took Michelangelo 4 years to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
* It took Leo Tolstoy over 6 years to write War and Peace.
* It took around 30 years to build the Great Pyramid.

And I get impatient if microwave popcorn takes too long! Joking aside, I love this list because it reminds me of just what can be accomplished when a person invests time wisely. Time is the one commodity each person gets in equal measure. As songwriter Chris Rice once wrote, “Every day is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one’s rich, nobody’s poor – we get 24 hours each.”

Yet so many of us don’t invest time wisely. We spend many of the hours we’re given each day on things that bring us no return. According to the website Digital Trends, Americans now spend an average of 4.7 hours a day looking at social media on their phones. Take a moment and re-read that, because it’s an amazing statistic.

Consistency — All of this can be avoided with the habit of consistency. Consistency in this case means you give a little bit of time to each area every day, and stick with it. It won’t feel like much at first, but it’s the discipline to stick with it that yields not only the tangible results of the investment, but the internal rewards as well. You learn to increase the time you give each area. You become more aware of how you’re wasting time. You get sharper, smarter, and more focused as a result.