SOMETIMES in life, the easy part is actually achieving what you want, be it an academic qualification, a job or a personal ambition. The challenge lies in whether you are able to maintain this success once you have achieved it.

To achieve your ambitions, dreams and your wants you need enthusiasm and drive. However, once you have achieved them, you need energy to keep this going for you. To do this, you have to be consistent in what you do and stay alert to the rapidly changing environment.

A new car will serve you well for a long time, but you have to maintain the car. If you do not, it will break down sooner or later and at a time you least expect it. The only way you can be assured that this does not happen is to be maintain it well.

Similarly, when you achieve consistency in your life, you will realise that you can always be on top of things. You will be able to cope with the uncertainties and challenges that will consistently be thrown at you.

There are several ways you can achieve this:

Stop procrastinating

People often talk about doing something they always wanted to do. But when asked why they have not started, the usual flurry of replies include, "it is not the right time"; "I'm not ready yet", and so on.

To achieve whatever you want, you just have to initiate the process and just keep at it.

"One day at a time" should be your guiding principle. As each day passes and you keep on doing and getting closer to achieving your goals, you will be motivated to reach the finish line.

Self-discipline

True personal freedom comes with great self-discipline. When you exercise self-discipline in whatever you do, you will find that you gravitate faster towards success.

Many of the problems that confront us daily stem from a lack of self-discipline. Procrastinating over tasks is one example.

Exercising self-discipline means that you might have to delay personal gratification to achieve your ultimate goals. But when you achieve them, you will find that the sacrifice has been worthwhile.

You will have a higher self-esteem as your actions are motivated by principles (doing what is right) rather than emotions (doing what you feel).

New perspectives

When you do certain things consistently and regularly, there is a tendency that you might get a little bored. For example, your original enthusiasm for a job or a hobby starts to wane.

Before you decide to plunge into a new venture, try to discover new possibilities about your job or hobby. Whether it is your work or personal life, make it a habit to see what else you can do to make it more interesting. You will be amazed when you start asking these questions how new ideas with pop into your head and give you new perspectives.

Keep learning

There is an ancient Indian saying that goes: "What you learn is a handful, what you never learnt is as large as the universe."

Consistent behaviour does not mean resisting change. It means continually taking stock of what you already know and seeing how else to improve your knowledge base.

You need to embrace active learning. Remember that to absorb new knowledge, you sometimes need to unlearn the old.

This is how you renew yourself and keep your level of motivation high.

Plan your future

Business management guru Peter Drucker said: "Manage your future or someone else will." Being in control of your future requires a lot of planning and foresight.

While you cannot predict what will happen, you can prepare for eventualities so that you will be in a position of strength and security if they do occur.

You need to have a vision of what you want in life - career success, financial security, personal happiness, leaving a legacy and so on - and consistently work towards fulfilling it.