This week we will be discussing consistency. Consistency is the key to growth and constant improvement even when the changes can seem minor.
Consistency is hard. Showing up without seeing results in the areas of your life you are working on and taking those little steps is hard. They are so little that it's hard to see how they can possibly compound.
I would sit here and lie to you guys say that consistency came naturally to me, but what I would say is routine and consistent action was a part of my daily life from young. I remember as far back as 7 when my mum had us (myself and my sisters) wake up at a set time, have a family morning devotion, read, do any homework we didn't get completed the night before and get dress for school.
We even had a similar one in the evening with a discussion of our daily, working on a creative task and evening prayers. I was lucky in this regard to have been brought up with the value of discipline. During the weekends we played tennis or went swimming, I'd say that developed my interest in fitness.
After sixth form (educational institute for 16-18 year olds) Inconsistency made it's way into my life, the stress of dramatic changes and with every passing day, it became more normal. It’s interesting and somewhat incredible how quick it is for people to fall into bad habits and stick with them. Inconsistency took it's toll on me. It wasn't until I put pen to pen to define my top 5 values that things started to change for the better.
Everything is learnt and anything can be unlearnt. It's never to late to take that step. Consistency builds, routines and that builds momentum. It forms habits that become almost second nature. Please, never underestimate how much time, discipline and consistent action can contribute to your success. It can really transform your life, no joke! Consistent effort lives within the reach of anyone and is ultimately a much greater factor in success than you might think.
Start where you stand, in the now... Taking that little step, keep them up and watch your results compound.
Next week I'll be talking value and how to identify your values.