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Conversations That Matter: Ruthless consistency

A human performance expert explains what it really takes to meet one's goals in life

Human performance expert and author Michael Canic. For Conversations That Matter with Stu McNish [PNG Merlin Archive]

It’s not uncommon to believe you have the will to win. Most of us want to come out on top. It’s a nice idea, one that really gained acceptance with the “believe it and you can achieve it” movement in California in the 1980s.

Not so fast, says Michael Canic, a human performance specialist and author of a new book, Ruthless Consistency. “A lot of people say they have the will to win but do they have the will to do what is needed to win?” Canic asks. Are you willing to work long enough, hard enough and make the sacrifices to win?

Muhammad Ali once said, “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”

Canic agrees. He says most efforts to change — personal, professional, organizational — fail.

“The reasons are many and they are complex,” says Canic. Foremost is a lack of consistency.

“You may think you’re consistent but you can’t see yourself the way those around you see you. You need a strategy that helps you define what you do, why you do it, how you will do it. And then you have to be willing to do the work — the hard work of every day, staying on task.”

We invited Canic for a Conversation That Matters about a shift in mindset that can propel anyone in any discipline on a path to consistency.

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