Learn the Secret of the Drip

I have a secret. I have several actually.

I call this one the secret of the drip. Shhhh. Here it is:

There’s a big difference between doing the right thing and doing the right thing consistently.

One gives you the occasionally acceptable.

The other produces greatness. The kind that makes us gasp –  ”Wow!”

I know. It’s not incredibly profound. But it is overlooked.

A lot.

Compare the impact:

  • Reading the Bible with my kids once a month when the urge strikes or every day for 5 minutes at breakfast.
  • Scheduling a date with my wife every so often or taking 5 minutes each evening to listen to the contents of her day.
  • Splurging on healthy foods when guilt consumes me or drinking 5 bottles of water each day.
  • Catching the news at eleven when you happen to be awake or subscribing to and reading 5 key blogs on current events or issues each day.
  • Grabbing a dictionary to look up a word you don’t know or spending five minutes each morning learning 5 new words.
  • Talking about putting yet another book on your non-existent reading list or spending 5 minutes learning how to download audio books to your iPod for the drive. Or the run. Even better.
  • Shooting a respectable percentage at the free-throw line or being known as “Money” because you spent 5 minutes on it every practice for 5 years.

The list goes on. Fill in your own examples from life or work. 

Where have you have figured out how to do something right?


Now do it consistently for ninety days without excuses. See if your growth in that area doesn’t become exponential.

See if you don’t become a fan of the secret of the drip.

The desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. (Prov. 13:4)

Let us not become weary …  for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Gal. 6:9)

All it takes is to learn the simple, persistent power of the drip.

How can you use this secret of the drip in your own life? What tips do you have for others to learn from your successes and failures? Leave a comment to share the growth!

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9 Responses to “Learn the Secret of the Drip”

  1. Joe Abraham May 25, 2012 at 4:42 AM #

    I like your idea of “doing the right thing consistently”. That works! 

    • BillintheBlank May 25, 2012 at 6:37 AM #

      So simple. So profound. I’m sure you have already employed it given your misssion.

  2. Eileen May 25, 2012 at 7:52 AM #

    Yes, I agree with Joe.  It’s all about creating habits!

    • Joe Abraham May 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM #

      Creating good habits is life changing!

  3. Michael Hawkins May 25, 2012 at 8:36 AM #

    Touche!  Habits are powerful. 

    Last night, I delivered the graduation speech for my son’s 6th grade class.  My presentation was based on the book Success for Teens from the editors of the SUCCESS Foundation. 

    Chapter Six of the book is all about habits. And,while the book is geared for teens, I highly, highly recommend it to folks of all ages.  The principles are timeless.

    Check it out here:  http://www.SuccessFoundation.org


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