“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. It’s the difference between failure and success. There’s no point in starting something and being lackadaisical. It’s self sabotage and it destroys motivation
Here’s a hard truth – you may have the best ideas, the best resources, the best strategies, the best plans but without consistency they mean nothing.
Here’s another hard truth – if you’re continually flitting from idea to idea, guru to guru, shiny object to shiny object, you aren’t going to get anywhere.
Trust me. I know.
I am by nature a ‘starter’, not a ‘finisher’. I used to be great at enthusiastically starting new projects or routines and letting them drift away into nothing because I didn’t maintain the effort needed. Then I’d wonder why things stayed more or less the same. Eventually, with help, I realised what was happening and started to change my approach. And I’ve wondered how many opportunities I lost or wasted. But it’s never too late to make a fresh start!
The people who make it to the top are the ones with solid, dependable habits, who get up every day and do what has to be done, properly and carefully – 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.
Consistency builds your reputation
How many people do you know, 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? How often do you do it?
Consistency positions you professionally
If you repeatedly show up, always doing your best, always with a positive, can-do attitude, people start to notice and respect you because you’re reliable and trustworthy.
Consistency allows you to take stock
When you implement a new routine or plan and you stick with it you can reliably evaluate and measure your progress and see how it’s shaping up. You can make informed decisions about what to do next because you have accurate data.
Tips on being consistent
Think long term – consistency is not about speed and how fast you can accomplish something – it’s about longevity.
Build your life so that it will be sustainable and successful years ahead, how you want it to be five, ten, twenty or more years from now. Every day you’re adding another brick to your vision.
1) See consistency as a journey rather than a quick fix solution. Rome wasn’t built in a day 🙂
2) Know what you’re aiming to achieve and plan ahead.
3) Work your goals. They are the blueprint. Drop anything which doesn’t serve them..Keep reminding yourself of the benefits of achieving your goals – this is very motivating and encouraging.
4) 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. By performing certain tasks at certain times, you will quickly discover that you’re doing them automatically.
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) Celebrate along the way! Give yourself little treats.
Finally, 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! 🙂
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Nina is a qualified life coach who enjoys learning and sharing about flourishing. She is a novice blogger.