It is not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It is what we do consistently– Anthony Robbins
Consistency means full adherence to certain principles and guidelines for a long period of time with the aim of achieving specific goals. It requires that you commit yourself to sustained efforts towards a goal over an expected period. Consistency is obviously one of the most difficult constructs in life because it is related to time. Our effort has to surpass the test of distraction, discipline, commitment and focus.
Consistency has an inherent tendency of producing results. Any attempt to play down this tendency would mean the evaluation is done prematurely. The truth is the habit of consistency is not about obtaining quick results but mere repetitions. It is about repeating right actions or skills. You must designed your focus and understand the exact steps to take to achieving that vision. Having shallow understanding of this and some other truths can cut short our consistency journey.
What importance does consistency hold?
It develops discipline and self-control. This will help develop the discipline required to keep going.
It establishes reputation. It builds a higher level of trust; being consistent helps build momentum.
It can fast track your improvement or development in any area. Consistency leads to progress. This speeds up the accomplishment of set goals.
It improves self-confidence. With successful accomplishment of specific targets, there would be confidence to set bigger and more challenging goals.
It creates accountability. Consistency enables action reporting, either to others or self.
Consistency, in essence, is the difference between success and failure in any field as well as the key to high levels of achievement.
Why do we struggle with consistency?
There are certain bad habits we need to do away with if we really want to achieve our goals.
Lack of patience
Desire for instant gratification
Lack of clarity and focus
Lack of discipline
Do you desire the fruit of consistency? Then you need to work for it. It entails assiduous learning and continuous sacrifices, growing and adapting your actions that can help lead to incremental improvements over an extended period of time.
Therefore, in all you do and in whatever field you are, form a healthy routine of those right practices that your broad goals rest upon.