I have talked a lot about self discipline in the past, so I wanted to continue with a topic that is closely related.
One of the things I learned long ago was the importance of being consistent in what you do. And, in order to be consistent, you have to have self discipline.
So that’s the connection. Let’s now talk about consistency.
Being consistent is important, not just in business but in everything you do, including your personal life.
We all know what being consistent means – doing or acting the same way over time, so as to be consistent or accurate. It’s all about repetition.
It’s about how we get good at doing something. It’s taught to us at a young age, as we develop. “Keep doing it again and again until you get it right.”
And as we get older, we expect many things to be consistent, don’t we?
For example, would we go to the same restaurant over and over again if the food and service were not consistent? I don’t think so because it would be a hit or miss, every time. Good one time, bad the next, and so on. No consistency and no one wants that.
So why are we not consistent in what we do? Why should we expect anything different from ourselves?
It is said that the more consistent you do something, the better you get doing it and the easier it becomes. In fact, being consistent generates momentum.
But you have to get through the early difficulties of being consistent.
Eventually what was difficult or a struggle for you to do, becomes a habit and habits as we all know are hard to break. If it becomes a habit then you are being consistent.
It becomes a habit to get up and exercise every morning, to practise the piano every day, to reach out to prospects and clients regularly and so on.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
You see, consistency is key to success in whatever you are doing.
For example, in my business, I follow a DMO (daily method of operation) which is essentially my daily routine of running my business.
This helps me to be consistent in my efforts, such as my daily outreach to new customers, coaching my clients, scheduling time with my team, social media posts, marketing myself and my business.
One of my mentors always says, your calendar is your “boss”, so make sure to schedule your time effectively. Challenge yourself to be consistent. If you need help, set up a call with me and we can go over your needs and how you can be accountable to yourself.
If nothing else, be consistent in what you do.
“It is not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”- Tony Robbins