“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” [Tony Robbins]
Consistency is crucial to your success. It's the difference between failure and success.
Here's a hard truth – you may have the best ideas, the best strategies, the best plans but without consistency they mean nothing.
There's no point in starting something if you're not consistent and you falter before the finishing line. It's self sabotage.
The people who make it to the top are the ones with good habits, who get up every day and do what has to be done, properly and carefully, who keep working at mastering new skills – and here's another key – whether they feel like it or not!
Ashton Kutcher hit the nail on the head when he said that ‘Opportunity looks a lot like hard work.' And so does success. It's about making a conscious decision to work for your dreams, creating opportunities for success, day in & day out.
Truth is I wish someone had sat me down and told me this back in the day – there would have been many different outcomes in my life.
Consistency builds your reputation
How many people do you know, either socially or professionally, that you think are flaky or unreliable because you don't know whether they will come through? How often does this kind of behaviour really vex you?
Consistency positions you professionally
If you repeatedly show up, always doing the best you can, people start to notice you and respect you. This is especially true in social media where it takes a long time to build a presence and get noticed.
Consistency allows you to take stock
When you implement a new routine or plan and you stick with it you can reliably measure your progress after a few months and see how it's shaping up. You can make informed decisions about what to do next because you have accurate data.
Some tips on being consistent
Think long term – consistency is not about speed and how fast you can accomplish something – it's about longevity.
Basically, consistency is about thinking in the long term and creating your life so that it will be sustainable and successful years ahead. It's about building your life the way you want it to be five, ten, twenty or more years from now. Every day you add another brick.
1) Think of consistency as a journey rather than a quick fix solution. Rome wasnt built in a day :)
2) Plan ahead & know what you're aiming to achieve.
3) Keep your goals in mind and keep reminding yourself of the benefits of achieving your goals – really see them in your mind's eye as that is very motivating and encouraging.
4) Remember that you don't have to do everything every day – some tasks/actions can be done daily, others two or three times a week or twice a month and so on.
5) Fix times to certain actions – we are creatures of habit and routine and after a while you will find that you are automatically performing actions without even thinking about them.
6) If you let something slip – forgive yourself and get back into routine.
7) Find an accountability partner. You need someone who is both supportive and willing to call you out if needed. If you don't have someone, think about hiring a life coach for a couple of hours each month.
8) Remind yourself how pleased you will be in the future when you reap the rewards of being consistent.
9) And don't forget to celebrate along the way! Give yourself little treats.
Finally, I am by nature a ‘starter' and not a ‘finisher'. I used to be great at starting new projects & routines and dropping them after a while. Then I'd wonder why things stayed more or less the same. Then I got into coaching and realised the benefits of being consistent.
I have grown to appreciate and love consistency as key to my overall success in both my personal and business life.
I hope you do too! :)
Do get in touch if you have any questions or comments or you'd like me to be your accountability partner : [email protected]
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