This is Jumanji week…

No, this has nothing to do with either Robin Williams or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It’s the 25th anniversary of a fun idea to get a bunch of high school pals who love golf for a weekend full of hitting the links.

It started in 1996 with walking five rounds of golf in three days. Now a quarter of a century later, we are playing four rounds in the same timespan and riding in a cart, unless we are forced to walk because of rules by the course.

The group contains about 15 people total. Not everyone can play each year, but we’ve had a very consistent group of people over the past decade. We’ve lost only one to an early passing, and of the eight who played in the inaugural event, six will tee it up this coming weekend in Bellingham, WA.

As for me, I’ve only missed four years. I’m committed to making sure I do whatever I can to never miss again, as the relationships in this Back Nine of life are even more important than what I shoot for scores.

Consistency is one of the hardest things to do in life.

This missive is #600 of Extra Points. It began in 2010 and has never missed a week. Admittedly, some week’s writing is better than others, and occasionally I do a repeat when a specific holiday calls for it. But I’m very pleased that this newsletter ends up in your Inbox every Monday morning about 5:33 am Pacific Time.

Consistency is one of the hardest things to do in business.

While I am proud of my consistency with Jumanji and Extra Points, I’ve also failed miserably to be consistent in other things that I’ve claimed as a priority, among them my Spanish lessons and Unleashed the Podcast episodes.

Consistency requires a lot of discipline. Regardless of the priority, things pop up constantly than can take us off course, and when that happens, it’s easier to abandon the activity or behavior for a long period of time. As I write this, I realize that I don’t think I’ve touched my Babbel in 4-5 months!

Two takeaways for you today…

First, my definition of mental toughness is to be able to eradicate the distractions, noise, and head trash to jump back in to activities and behaviors you want to change, but stopped being consistent on. That might be healthy eating, exercise, and Spanish lessons. In business, that could include monthly safety meetings, quarterly strategy sessions, and even telling your employees and co-workers how much you appreciate them. Re-start today…

Second, those who are most successful in business and life are the ones who consistently do the necessary things to improve themselves and those around them. You will fall into that category in many areas. That being said, we can always improve our consistency.

When we do that, we will continue to grow, develop, and improve our businesses and lives.

Quote of the Week:

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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