Over the last year, I have found myself becoming quite addicted to watching YouTube videos and have subscribed to plenty of channels. (If you fancy subscribing to one more, why not check out my church’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/freedomchurchleeds). The choice of channels to which I’m subscribed is quite varied. There are plenty of tech-focused channels, as seeing what tech can do for us is a massive passion of mine (I might even write a post more specifically about that in the future). There are quite a few Christian channels too, such as ‘The Bible Project‘ and Premier Christian radio’s ‘Unbelievable‘ show.
Another lot of channels are what might be termed as ‘lifestyle’ themed or even possibly ‘self-help’. These are videos of friendly folks sharing their thoughts on the world and how we might all make our lives a little better by engaging in and thinking over issues. They prompt me to make changes to how I live. An example of this is from a channel by Ali Abdaal, where I first learned the simple lesson of the two-minute rule: If it takes less than two minutes to do a job, just do it! For example, if making your bed takes less than two minutes, then make your bed. Start your day with structure and purpose, all from doing a two-minute job.
A lesson that a lot of these lifestyle YouTubers seem to give is that if you want to be successful in anything then consistency is, for a large part, better than quality. So, if you’re thinking of starting a YouTube channel, it seems it’s better to be consistent and regular. Your video production value doesn’t have to be the best and don’t wait until you think it’s good enough, because the chances are, you’ll never believe it is, therefore you’ll never start. Ali Abdaal said in one of his recent videos that your first 100 videos will probably be a bit rubbish, but plough on through anyway. Eventually, a more specific identity and purpose will begin to surface. You may have an idea at the start of your YouTube journey what you want your channel to look like. However, if you upload videos regularly, you may find a different focus becoming apparent. As such, people will begin to follow what you have to say, now you have a rhythm and a more concrete ‘message’.
It’s also the same with writing a blog, such as this. No one will really care what you have to say to begin with, and it might be like you’re shouting into a void. But after a while, your writing style begins to reflect more of who you are. As you write, you find a niche and subsequently a following of people who like what you have to say, or you challenge their thinking healthily and productively. As the comments start to drip in, and the follower count starts to rise, your confidence increases in tandem and your quality of writing reflects better what you’re wanting to communicate. You desire to be a better communicator but not at the expense of losing your unique voice.
These are just two areas where consistency seems to be the key to eventually becoming better at what you do. Trying to be ‘the best’ from the get-go is not possible and is a reality that most of us have to contend with and accept. The obvious problem with this is that it takes time and energy to be consistent. How many of us are prepared to stick something out for the long haul, never knowing when, or if, we’re ever going to make a real difference?
Relationships can be viewed through this same context. All relationships need to be worked on. Relationships that don’t have a commitment from both parties eventually fade and die.
Most of us aren’t blessed with natural musical skill. We need to practice and practice, working through the period of producing unpleasant noise until those sweet notes are heard on a more regular basis.
The simple message is this: time is never wasted if we’re working towards something of worth and what we perceive as valuable. Others may disagree with what you value, but that isn’t the point of what I’m trying to get across here. Learning to be someone prepared to be committed to being consistent is. There’s a challenging but encouraging verse in the Bible which says: We are to be continually aware that our labour even to the point of exhaustion in the Lord is not futile nor wasted it is never without purpose – 1 Corinthians 15:58. In yet another verse, the Bible says: Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap if we do not give in. – Galatians 6:9.
If you’re a believer, keep on going, don’t be discouraged and do your best, at whatever level that is right now, to tell and show the Good News of Jesus Christ to others. God sees you, and He knows your heart, your season to reap the harvest is coming.
If you’re not yet a believer, let me encourage you to get stuck into doing good, whether that be to improve yourself or improve the lives of your fellow humans. Be consistent and set an example of someone willing to stick at it to achieve results. Don’t think you’ll never be good enough, or waiting for whatever it is to arrive served on a silver platter. Put the work in.
Now, I need to go and sort out my own YouTube channel. Prepare for 100 episodes that I might look back on in two years from now with an uncomfortable feeling in my tummy, all the while knowing the ‘struggle’ was worth it.