“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
A must-have skill that can bring a significant change in life, ‘consistency’ means to always act or behave in the same way. Where, on one hand, it helps us achieve long-term greatness in our lives, on the other, it is hard to master.
How, then, can we try to adopt it? A few tips, if incorporated in our routines, can help us bring consistency in our work.
Tip # 1: Make a Conscious Decision to Remain Consistent
Keep an eye on your goal. In this way, you can have a clear vision of what you are trying to achieve and why such a task is important to you. When you know the answer to your purpose and you are clear about it, you can stay committed to it. Saying that I am committed to being consistent every day in my goal helps a lot as it instructs the subconscious to act now than later. It requires conscious thoughts and beliefs that you will stay consistent throughout.
Tip # 2: Revise your Concept of Time
The present is essential in the most fundamental sense because all of reality is included in it. What is past is no longer, what is future is yet to be. The only time we have is now. If we delay our work and think of doing it sometime later, know that it is only a concept or thought in our mind. So let go of thinking that I will be consistent all day, week, month or year. Instead, think only of the present moment as real power lies only in the present.
Tip # 3: Have a Plan and Know Your Objective
Having a plan and knowing your aim can bring consistency. A scheme worked out beforehand can bring accomplishment of an objective. Having a right plan can make it easy to execute your actions and to direct your thoughts and efforts at a right time. The more devoted you are to the plan, the higher will be the chances of success.
Tip # 4: Remember that Feelings and Thoughts Are Temporary and Subjective
Ignore your feelings. Ignore the voices in your head that intrude you from being consistent in your work. Train yourself to over-ride that voice in your head and know the power of consistency. Remember that any negative thought or feeling is just temporary and lasts for a short period. It is only a false illusion that can keep you from heading to your plan. Be motivated to do your work and remind yourself the feeling to have conquered the moment.
Tip # 5 Keep Track of your Performance
Set milestones and gauge your performance against these milestones. This allows you to check and thus timely find any lag in consistency. You can then evaluate your performance and, if required, take corrective measures that may help you keep your performance on track.
Tip # 6 Do One Thing at a Time
According to Steven Covey, “Don’t prioritize your schedule, schedule your priorities.” The priorities should be scheduled and non-negotiable. Know the priority and stick to it. Trying to do a lot of things at the same time can only worsen it. A mind can only focus fully on one thing at a time otherwise you can get distracted. Being consistent requires you to be 100% present in the moment and to focus on a single thing with full concentration and attention.
No matter what, build a trust on yourself that you can stay consistent. Once you stay consistent with yourself, everything else falls into place.