Your brain is a universe and your thoughts are gravity.
I have worked with hundreds of musicians over the years at Apple Beam recording studios and one thing is very clear, it's not the most talented people who get the furthest in their career, it's the most consistent.
Consistency is the engine of success in all areas of life. Whether it be academic, artistic, financial or even personal happiness. I believe that consistency is a type of exponential growth and this is it's hidden power.
Of course, there is the honeymoon problem when learning something new, which states that your learning decreases over time. But this is a kind of illusion because all that happens is your daily improvements become a smaller and smaller portion of your overall knowledge base, thus giving you the sense that your improvements are slowing down.
Consistency of action is something that hardly anyone thinks about and I don't recall my teachers addressing the subject. Our understanding of the brain and knowledge of consistent action is still in the dark ages. It's only in the last 15 years that we've learned that the brain is "elastic", a topic touched on in the Audio Rokit blog Talented? Think Again.
For example, if you practice painting for an hour a day for one year, your brain is going to accept that this trend is not going away and therefore must be very important to you and your survival. Your brain will begin to notice all manner of things that others would miss, such as paintings in shop windows, colour patterns on posters and other snippets of “information” which will further develop your ability to improve at painting.
The idea that your brain literally rewires to meet the needs of your consistent thoughts and actions is one of the most important discoveries of the twentieth century. Read more about the emerging field of neuroplasticity, The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
To conclude, it's worth remembering that our consistent thoughts and actions literally shapes our lives. Knowing the enormous power of consistency should shock us all into planning what we allow our brains to dwell on!