This morning I was talking to my team about CONSISTENCY and its importance in business. We spoke about companies succeeding because their Standards are always consistent OR their Marketing is always consistent (like Coca-cola) and other reasons like that. Anything done consistently well over a long period of time develops worthwhile results. Suddenly, I realised that my blogs have been extremely INCONSISTENT and in need of a kick start again. (Here’s a Repentance moment for me– recognised mistake, change ways and move forward)
I enjoy learning and sharing things I learn. I guess I have always had a consistent curiosity for the way things work and the intelligent thought behind most things. Why do people do what they do? Looking at different strategies intrigues me and it’s hard for me to accept that things are done a particular way JUST BECAUSE they’ve always been done that way.
When I was a child, we were always told not to eat with our elbows on the table. As obedient little kids, we obeyed and even took authority to shout at our siblings or friends when they put their elbows on the table. Years later, I questioned the rule TAKE YOUR ELBOWS OFF THE TABLE. I asked a few people WHY this rule existed and I couldn’t get a definite answer. I suppose the only decent answer I got is if you are sitting next to people at a long dining table then your elbows would bump them and it’s a space issue. Does this mean it’s not okay to put your elbows on when no one is next to you?
Doing something with the understanding is far much better than doing something mindlessly without knowing the reason or purpose.
Consistency is the same as productivity. It is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort. If you want to get good at something, don’t just say I am going to be consistent. Have a plan for your CONSISTENCY. That way, it will be easy to see when inconsistency creeps in. You get good at the things you consistently work at.
Don’t fall in to the trap of stopping and getting comfortable. Comfort has a way of destroying consistency. I have been guilty with my blog because I stopped writing because I wanted a break, but I wasn’t specific about how long that break would be. Then the break just got longer and longer .
The easier way out, by avoiding the effort, will always be there. But if you take those small victories every day and commit to your CONSISTENCY PLAN, your results will change and you will improve. If you’ve felt like you can’t stay consistent, write down a PLAN, put it on your calendar and make it a priority. It is hard to give up on something you are CONSISTENT with.