Consistency. It’s an easy word to talk about, but not an easy word to carry out. I myself struggle with this word, big time. It seems like despite my best efforts and somewhat sustainable attempts, I am never truly consistent. This is even though, deep in my setting goals soul, that I truly want to be consistent.
Why though, can’t I, you, or anyone else, not be truly consistent despite our willingness to be? Because even though we may have good intentions, it is sometimes hard to carry things out, even though we know that they need to be done. Are there things in your day to day, personal life or in your career, that you would benefit from if you could be more consistent? The answer to that question is more than likely, yes. With that being said, let’s look at a few suggestions, that all start with the letter C (we’re already trying to be consistent) for how you and I can make ourselves more inclined to be consistent with our plans and/or goals.
Do you know what exactly it is that you want to be consistent about? Sometimes the most obvious answer, isn’t so obvious. Maybe the reason why you’re not consistent is because you really don’t know what it is that you are supposed to be consistent about. Have you really thought it out? Do you have a clear plan?What all does getting ahead mean and what is your clear plan to getting to where you consistently have it done? This is where clarity comes into play.
For example, teachers, do you sometimes find yourself saying that you want to get ahead on your lesson plans? But what exactly do you mean by getting ahead? Do you want to be ahead by a certain time frame (week, grading period)? Be specific. Also, does that mean the lesson plan is fully done, turned in and printed off ready for you on Monday? Be clear. Does that mean that all the materials that go along with this plan will also be ready? Something to think about.
Another example, is for us busy moms. Do you want to get more work done around the house? Do you wish you had a better cleaning schedule, that your clothes weren’t all over the house (that would be me)? Do you feel that you and your family are always running late? Be specific for you and your family. Be clear about what you can improve on that will not only help you, but your family. Once your clear, then you can come up with a plan.
To be able to reach consistency, you must have clarity.
Have you fully committed to taking the big step in setting up true consistency? Have you written down your plan of action for consistency? Have you done research (Pinterst, Google) on what exactly you will have to do to be able to complete your goal or plan? You see, when you make a commitment, you don’t go into it lightly. You really consider all the factors that will affect your plan. You develop your logical step process as to how you can make your plan become complete. If your goal is just to be consistent, you need to figure out what it will take to be committed to your consistency.
Going back to our teacher lesson plan example, how can you be committed to be consistent in having your lessons plans completed for an entire grading period? You might have to work through the summer or on weekends to get this done. You might have to say no to events and committees that others are wanting you to do.
For our busy moms example, how can you be more consistent in your efforts to make life easier on yourself? This might mean that you need to get up earlier than everybody else. Set up a cleaning schedule, revamp how you wash and sort your clothes. Set up stations for your kids to be better organized.
Sometimes being committed to something means that you have to say no to something else. Being consistent with some things means that you realize you can’t be consistent with other things. That’s where your level of commitment comes in at. You have taken on the plan, laid out what you must do and what you need to do, daily, weekly and monthly to be able to get it done. That takes commitment and commitment leads to consistency.
Everyone knows life is about choices. It is also known that choices lead to consequences, whether good or bad. In our case, consistency or no consistency. To be able to lead a more consistent, productive, goal reaching life, you have to choose to do so. When you choose to start becoming more consistent in your life, you also need to choose to reach your goal(s). You can start your consistency journey, but you also need to be able to finish. So many people like to start things or set new goals or plans (New Year’s Resolutions), but how many can truly say that they were consistent with what they started?
If you are consistent with your plan, at some point you have to finish and if you don’t finish, you should be able to get far enough to set another goal. If your goal is an ongoing goal, you should be able to see how things how gotten better by you being more consistent. I know this is a problem that I need to truly work on. I can start stuff all day long, but a month from now can I say that I was consistent enough to reach my goal?
We need to be aware that when we are making choices of what goals we want to reach, we show consistency when we can show that we also made a choice to finish or made the choices to improve our situation.
Consistency is a virtue that few have and that many are trying to attain. Being consistent can truly be rewarding in our professional careers and in our personal lives. But, to gain consistency, we must be consistent. By implementing these 3 C’s, we are putting ourselves on a consistent road of consistency.
What about you, how are you or how can you be more consistent? Comment below.