In a world of one-hit wonders, viral videos, and cinderella stories, consistency is an undervalued currency. It’s not easy to be consistent… to produce day in and day out for a substantial amount of time. It takes time and patience, but once it can be maintained, it creates experts, professionals, and elites.
- Create goals and routines around things that are enjoyable. Developing a consistent mindset becomes much easier when you’re doing things that you’re passionate about. Some routines take more work than others, but remember, it generally takes 21 days to form a new habit.
- Document what breaks any habit you’re trying to build. There are usually easily identifiable breakdown points, whether it be time constraints, schedule adjustment issues, or lack of interest. Use environmental reminders to help push through these breakpoints. This can be reminders throughout your house or office.
- Develop a milestone reward system. You should reward yourself as you make progress. Otherwise, what’s the point? Cheat meal, team drinks, a night off. Build it into the process.
Consistency is something that we may not talk about often, but want to be known for throughout our life and career. Not everyone can demonstrate consistency for a sustained period of time, but with the right plan and some internal system push, it’s easier done than said.