“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).
When it comes to writing, I don’t have a lot of time to constantly be honing my writing skills. Don’t get me wrong, I still do what I can to write, even if i feel I haven’t improved since the last thing I wrote.
As it goes, the best way to improve in a skill is practice. And all practice is, is consistently doing something as the results start to change. That is what I am doing with writing and many other practices I’ve been participating in.
The way I see consistency, there are three important key points to remember when mentioning consistency. Consistently bad in consistently improving, consistency is hard, and consistency builds trust.
Consistently Bad Is Consistently Improving
If we do something, we are either good or bad at it, or somewhere in between. Consistency is the only way to move up.
We can do something a lot, add more each time we do it, but we are constantly going back to that place and working to see results.
Consistency is practice and practicing something is the only fully reliable method to get better at something you don’t know how to.
Even minimum consistency is still very effective in regard to doing something we want to better ourselves at.
Because consistency is the same thing as practice, if we stop practicing our skills will either deplete overtime, or we will make no progress toward making them better.
This is not to say we shouldn’t try to improve, but consistently doing what we believe is right is enough to start and absorb improvements.
Consistency Is Hard
Showing that we can do something multiple times and produce precise results, whether accurate or not, gives others the idea of our work ethic and willingness to not concede.
If we can produce a consistent result in any activity, it shows that with time, we can adjust our aim and we will hit the bulls-eye every time.
Doing something over and over again can be boring, but starting it is the hard part and after that, as long as we are doing what we promised to do, it can only become easier.
Consistency is like a habit. It’s hard to form one, but once we have one formed, it becomes hard to break.
To do this, we need to make what we want to see results in a habit, then doing so again and again will bring us happiness or excitement in what we are doing and we will continue to follow that feeling.
Consistency also builds pressure which makes it hard, but pushing through the tough barrier shows our readiness.
Consistency Builds Trust
Consistency shows that we understand what we are doing, how we are doing it, and that we are always willing to do it.
Consistency shows others our credibility and how approaching us will bring the results expected and not some other random outcome.
Using social media as an example of trust, people will follow who they see as valuable. We may follow some of our friends, but a popular user may be of no value to us if they do not continue to push out content.
Consistency can apply to being a risk taker, persistently safe, or even dependably different. Consistency is more than complementary to outcomes as outcomes can be aimed and adjusted for a different target.
When looking for a new job, employers look for the ones who have consistent work at the same place for a great length of time. Or if not the same job, being in the same field as they have been in showing dependable experience.
They want to feel like they already know us, our intentions, and our product. Consistency brings that to the employers eyes.
In all three of these different views with the same key take away, consistency is never shown as a flaw. Even in a creative field like painting canvases, Picasso still had a style, a consistent outcome with similar feelings.
Whether you are doing it for credibility, improvement, or anything else, doing something in a consistent pattern will gradually shed light on how you do it and what you can change. Even if it is subconscious, that’s where we don’t see what we are learning, but practicing leads us there.