I get asked a lot about consistency. In the past I struggled in this area big time! But overtime I’ve discovered the keys to gaining consistent.
You may want to become more consistent in reading, working out, punctuality, blogging, connecting with God, in your relationships and more.
I’ve learnt that consistency doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It is possible to be consistent and see results without losing your mind. Consistency is buildable!
Maya Elious once said ‘consistency isn’t synonymous with frequency’. A lot of people connect the amount of times you do something, as a way of being consistent but that’s not so. It’s about being regular to the point of being reliable, if one is reliable there’s value.
One thing I know for sure is this; consistency is the difference. Some people are not as good as other people but what separates the good with the great, is consistency. Consistency is the key to seeing change in our lives. The reason why some people don’t experience true freedom, is because they fail to be consistent in applying what they learn.
Inconsistency can occur for a number of reasons, unbelief in yourself and in what you do is one key reason but also it’s usually because an individual may not see the results they anticipate straight away. Which can be discouraging, so it’s easy to give up, trust me I get it! The path to gaining consistency comes with it’s own insecurities and as they come, you have to deal with them so you can continue. One thing I’ve learnt is that consistency brings results. Inconsistency is the path to incompletion.
In May I joined a challenge by Mattie James and I had to post every SINGLE day in that month. The thought of it was overwhelming but I took up the challenge and I can say, consistency made the difference. I saw a huge shift in what I was doing online. Consistency is hard but it is not impossible.
I believe that there are three key things required in order for you to become and remain consistent.
1. Sustainability: This ties in with capacity. Whenever I’m presented with an opportunity or a task or an idea. One of the first things I ask myself is, can I commit to this? You have to ask yourself; can I commit to blogging every single week? Can I commit to taking on an extra position? Can I commit to joining this team at church? Is the duration of time or frequency sustainable? A lot of times, we commit before actually counting the cost.
Luke 14:28 says
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
So, you have to count the cost and see if it’s doable. What will it cost you? Less time with loved ones? Less time to yourself or God? A huge hole in your pocket?
Consider, do you have enough resources or mental, emotional, physical, creative energy to commit to completion? If not, then it’s okay to decline or to postpone until the season permits you to take on more. Avoid burnout and missing out on key moments by reviewing the cost.
2. Capacity: This ties in with sustainability but do you have the mental, emotional and physical capacity to follow through with that said thing? I don’t say yes to things based on whether I’m skilled enough to do it. I think about whether I have the capacity, the space to do it. If I don’t that’s okay! When you evaluate your capacity, it allows you to place better boundaries.
Most times, the reason some of us aren’t able to show up consistently let alone excellently is because we fail to evaluate our capacity.
You aren’t praised based on how much you can do but more so on the quality of what you do. If the quantity compromises the quality and it compromises you doing things excellently and heartily unto the Lord. Then it’s not worth taking on. I’ve learnt that the hard way. So ask yourself, am I capable of doing this? Am I capable of bringing it to completion? This will help to inform your daily decisions and to plan accordingly.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
3. Planning: You’ve got to plan to be consistent and it takes a lot of forward thinking. I know for myself that I can easily get overwhelmed if I’m trying to be consistent on a whim. I also know that, if it ain’t in the diary, it’s not going to happen. It’s so frustrating to want to do something but to not do it, because you forgot.
So the key is to plan to be consistent! So for example, these newsletters, I write them in advance and automate them.It saves me time in the future and relieves me of the pressure of trying to produce a new email each week. I plan what day I write them and also a separate day when I schedule them.
The mistake we often make is we try to do everything at once. Especially when working projects. Break down your tasks and create a system around it. Treat your week like a conveyor belt, spread those tasks across the week. Build a system, systems are key. Passion runs dry but systems don’t! What systems do you have in place that allow you to be consistent?
I remember staying up on Sunday nights typing out an email that was meant to be sent on a Monday. At times I didn’t have the mental capacity to operate that way and it wasn’t sustainable. Don’t be like me, PLAN PLAN PLAN! lol
A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn't, and even brags about it!
Prepare your work outside and make it ready for yourself in the field; afterwards, then, build your house.
I believe these 3 pointers can be applied to any area you need to be consistent in. It’s possible to be consistent and gain results but you’ve got to be real, diligent and committed.