Consistency is Key

Although Ralph Waldo Emerson once called consistency “the hobgoblin of little minds,” consistency’s role in success should not be underrated. To achieve any goal – personal or professional – requires consistently doing what it takes to reach the objective. Â

The key to consistency comes in forming great habits. Whether that be hitting the gym several times a week to reach a certain weight or consistently applying principles of integrity and honesty in business to build character in becoming who you want to be, the sense of accomplishment makes up for the drudgery of never taking time off from working on the goal, including – nay, especially – when you just plain don’t want to. Greatness requires practice, practice, and more practice – and the more you practice, the more natural and easy it becomes. Â

How do you get started in developing or improving your consistent diligence? Here are a few ideas:

  • Set measurable goals – We all connect best with quantifiable things around which we can wrap our minds. Being able to track progress works wonders for consistency. It’s encouraging to see that you’re making a dent in the goal and to see how far you are from your end objective. Don’t forget to include milestones, since those add fuel to the sense of accomplishment along the way.
  • Follow a good example – Trying to get in better shape? Keep an eye on a friend who works out daily and observe how he or she manages to do it. Looking to improve your company’s bottom line? Find a case study for a comparable company that’s achieved your goal, and analyze how they got from Point A to Point B. There’s nothing like the positive pressure that comes from watching a peer achieve something we’d like for ourselves. If you’re feeling bold, ask your example for tips or encouragement to reach that goal for yourself. Chances are they’ll feel flattered that you noticed their dedication and will be more than happy to cheer you on to do likewise.
  • Visualize your end objective – What is in the pot at the end of the proverbial rainbow that you seek? Get detailed with envisioning it in your mind’s eye, and conjure that image every time you feel like taking a break from your efforts, even for a day. The more you understand specifically what you’re working toward, the less likely you are to sacrifice what you want most for what you want in the moment.

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