Numbers that will change your life

Consistency, Discipline , Inconsistency, Persistence

Aayu Kharbanda
2 min readSep 4, 2021

We all have heard quotes like every second counts, many drops make up the ocean. How true is it? How much impact can consistency have on your life? Let’s see some numbers.

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Calculation #1

Let’s set a target to improve 1% in a day. That means if you could run 1000 m on day 0 then you would run 1010 m the next day and 1020.1 the next and so on. These are small and achievable increments. Let’s see some Magic.

You would be running 2 km in 72 days and 37 km by the end of the year (Told you Magic!)

If you improve only 1% every day, you will be 37 times better in a year

Even if you improve 0.1 % every day, you will be 3.7 times better in a year

This is the power of discipline

Of course, there will be a time when you would reach your maximum potential and your growth will slow down significantly. But this simple number should be enough to motivate you to stay consistent.

Calculation #2

Suppose you improve 1% on a day and reduced 1% the next day. What if you worked one day and rested the next day? That is, you started with 1000m, moved to 1010 the next day, and then reduced 1% you will be at 999.9m, and so on.

How much will it affect you?

So, if you did this for 1 year. you will be running 964.1m after 180 days of hard work and 180 days of rest.

If you improved 1% and reduced 1% on alternate days, you will be worse off after a year. You would have been better not doing anything.

This is the consequence of inconsistency

Calculation # 3

Suppose you improved 1% in a week. You will be 2.3 times better after a year.

This is the power of persistence


This article talked about three behavior traits — Discipline, Inconsistency, and Persistence. Based on what you choose, you can be

37 times better,

0.96 times better (that is actually worse off than 1), or

2.3 times better

after a year. The choice is yours.



Aayu Kharbanda

An ambitious guy trying to disrupt education industry.