Consistency: A Pattern of Behavior

Taken from Stability and Control: Going Through the Motions in the Counterinsurgency Series.

Now, I am not a neuroscientist. But let me break it down for you.

When we perform an action, whether it is bending down to pick up a kettlebell or turn a door knob, or pull out our keys to unlock the door, neurological signals are traveling from our brains to our muscles, causing them to contract.

This is why I use the metaphor of muscles being soldiers and ourselves being the Commander – we give orders and the muscles carry them out.

Well, each time that neurological signal travels through the body, it creates grooves. Basically, by performing an act again and again, it becomes easier for the brain to communicate with that musculature.

This is why we have poor coordination when trying to perform a task we have never done before, and then become proficient at it over time.

It’s pretty clear to me that the best way to achieve your goals is to just do the thing and it becomes easier to keep doing.

Please watch this clip from Jocko Willink’s podcast about GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS!