One of the greatest role models I’ve been blessed to have is my Father, Leroy M. Holmes. He is not a man of many words and he was never one to sit down and have long drawn out talks with me about life; However, one of his greatest gifts to me was in his level of consistency in his daily life that he displays even to this day.
One of his greatest accomplishments was at the age of 32 years old, he was the youngest ever Command Sargent Major in the US Army Reserve at that time.
I asked him to tell me the story of how this occurred and in classic fashion, he summed it up in one sentence: He consistently overachieved in the routine responsibilities he was given. Please take note of the word “routine” in the previous sentence. My Dad stated he was faithful in the routine things that he was asked to do. One thing that sets successful people apart from those that are marginal is the execution and consistency of that which is deemed routine.
I also inquired about the general rule regarding promotions to this status and here is what he said: “Because of my love for education and belief that good things come to those that work hard, I was promoted very quickly. I also had supervisors that appreciated the work that I did and believed in rewarding hard work.”
In the chapter, Success, Old School from the book, The Compound Effect, the author Darren Hardy explains that the the old school generation knew the secret to success was hard work, discipline and good habits.
Here are the 4 things that my Dad taught me about Consistency:
- “Routine Consistency” is boring and that is why most people never get a chance to meet its brother called “Success.”
- Be consistent in the routine things of your daily life, career and relationships. As John Maxwell states: “The Secret To Your Success Is In Your Daily Agenda.”
- When you are consistent in accomplishing the goals of a team environment, success and promotion are sure to follow.
- Leaders elevate themselves through consistency, the promotion is just the by-product of consistency. When people who have the power to promote you recognize they can trust you with the “routine tasks” that move the business or team forward, promotion is sure to come…sometimes in the form of more money, more responsibility or bigger projects.
Question: What impact does not having a father early on in life hinder adult decision making?