“When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren’t the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation.” Arsene Wenger
One of the greatest lessons in success is the attribute of consistency. It may seem like a simple concept because it is. Small actions taken every day can lead you to your destination. When you are consistent, the rewards are amazing! Being consistent takes intentional focus and action.
Why Be Consistent?
Being consistent in the way you do things set expectations. People know what to expect from you. You are clear on what you expect from yourself. When you are consistent in your parenting, your children know what to expect from you. They do not have you yelling one minute and giving them the silent treatment the next. If you run a business, people have expectations around the quality of product, program, or service you deliver. For example, when you go to a restaurant and order your favourite dish, you expect the same taste and quality you the next time you order the dish. It sets a standard. It establishes a sense of trust and dependability. Consistency sets the stage.
People can get caught up in the “how” of being consistent and beat themselves up when they are not. Consistency is something you need to consciously practice and do. When you mess up, own it, apologize and set things right. Get back on track by going back to a standard that works! If it works, why break it! Consistency needs to exist in thoughts, actions, and purpose.
It does not matter what your goal, being consistent is the way to achieving your goals. You need to start somewhere and you need to take one step at a time to get there.
#1 Define Your Compelling Vision – YOUR WHY?
Know why your goal is important to you. What will it give you or what will it do should you achieve it? When you know your “why”, you will continue to push through any challenges because you have a clear vision of what your outcome will achieve once you get there.
#2 Decide What You Want
Be clear about what it is that you want to achieve. The more clarity you have the more intentional you can be with your actions.
#3 Make A Plan and Make It Manageable
What does it take to achieve your goal? You want to increase the revenue in your business. Great by how much? Start with setting a SMART goal (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely). If you are going to increase your revenue, how much do you ant to increase it by and when? Ask yourself, “Is this goal and time frame achievable and realistic?” If not, adjust the goal so it is attainable but stretches you a bit to grow. Now, break your goal into smaller manageable pieces. Let’s say you want to increase your revenue in the next 6 weeks by $3000. What do you need to do to make $500/week? How many products or services would you need to sell and at what price? Suppose you want to work 5 days giving yourself 2 days off a week. You will want to make $100 a day.
$3000/6 weeks = $500/week
$500/5 days = $100/day
What actions must you take to get there? Apply the actions consistently and you will win! Make the plan, work the plan. Consistency wins!
#4 Accountability Makes a Difference
Find someone a friend or mentor or hire a coach to hold you accountable to follow through on the actions you need to take to get the results. You are less likely to fall off the wagon. If you do fall off, learn from it and get into the habit of being consistent with your actions again. Adjust the course as you go!
#5 Stay Motivated
The key to being consistent has to do with knowing your why and measuring your wins. If you are not acknowledging your successes or wins along the way, you do not recognize the growth of who you have become in the process. The biggest regret would be quitting due to not having a strong enough WHY to keep you going so you can celebrate success.
Consistency can lead to seeing results sooner rather than later. Whether it be consistent with door knocking or social media posts, your consistency will pay off. Out of sight out of mind. It is better to be top of mind so they can contact you or refer you to others.
“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson
What do you do to maintain consistency?
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