Achieve Your Goals Through The Stability Of Consistency

alignment mindset Apr 13, 2022

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Consistency seems to be an uneventful or even boring concept at first sight. It lacks glamour and excitement. But, when we look more closely, consistency is anything but "basic". It contains the secret of achievement and success. It is the key to an almost magical power that can transform lives.

Consistency means repeating the same behaviors regularly and without exceptions. Consistent behavior is the opposite of erratic behavior. Skipping using a checklist to perform an important task is an example of erratic behavior. Performing all or most of our tasks is an example of consistency. 

Consistency creates powerful habits; lack of consistency and exceptions mean that we have to start building the habits all over again.

Consistency allows the seeds to grow and the fruit to arrive. Regular, patient, consistent action is necessary to achieve good results. Even getting a new job requires going through a series of steps and going through an interview process to earn the opportunity. 

A professional who eventually became a Principal at one of the largest fortune 100 firms is quoted as saying that he applied to work at the same organization consistently for two years. He didn't apply there once or twice and gave up as so many people do because his goal was to work for a fortune 100 firm. 

He steadfastly believed that his dream of being able to list that organization on his resume would be realized. Consistency, then, may occasionally work even in the notoriously tough job market. Maybe he finally gained Alignment with that organization.

Most marketing gurus insist that sales only come after about seven email messages have been sent to a list of potential clients.  Consistency tends to pay off.

Many emerging leaders lack the patience and consistency to maintain emotional intelligence in a variety of professional settings that shows they are in alignment. They are unlikely to succeed in winning the trust of their colleagues. It helps when the way they carry themselves is consistent.

Nearly any goal worth achieving demands regular and consistent efforts. If we want to achieve a certification in our field and sign up for a course, we need to show up to one training session after another to gain the most value from it.

Talent Development professionals know, from many years of experience, that participants who show up regularly for training almost always achieve their goal of becoming Certified.  Consistency.

However, Talent Development professionals have also seen some very talented professionals who lacked patience and only showed up sporadically. When their progress up the ladder of success seemed too slow to them, they gave up and disappeared.  

When Talent Development professionals examine their Certification participants at grading sessions, they often congratulate them for just being there. They often tell them that they are already half way through the grading because they have shown up and; in the famous words you may have heard before: "80% of success in life is just showing up." Consistency.

By showing up, participants have shown that they have guts and are willing to accept the fact that they might look foolish if they forget their work plan or perform it badly. Not everyone can face this possibility and some people even give up on earning their Certification because the grading seemed too worrying. 

Greatness only comes when efforts are consistent. Champion teams win championships not because they win every match but because they consistently play well and with determination and, as a result, win most of their matches.  Developing a skill on a continuum is key.  Consistency.

An individual loses weight because they stick consistently to their diet and to their exercise regime. A body builder adds muscle weight because he consistently attends the gym whether he feels like it or not. The champions do not give up when they feel tired or bored or when results seem painfully slow. Consistency.

Daily efforts create habits and habits make it easier to make those daily efforts but it still takes hard work and the determination to follow through every single day no matter what.  

To achieve our goals, we repeat our efforts on a regular basis. We choose to make it part of our routine, consistently

Occasionally we may have to make an exception and miss out on the desired behavior. One way to avoid exceptions is to perform the behavior we have planned as early as possible in the day before the rest of the team start demanding our attention!  For example, if working out becomes a challenge to stick by, do it first thing in morning.  That way, it's already done!

Another way to avoid exceptions is to make a list of our most important daily behaviors in order of importance. Stick it on our wall and read it as soon as we start our day. This way, our consistency will not falter because of a poor memory. 

Repeat the desired or planned behavior daily and with as few exceptions as possible and we will make gradual but certain progress and eventually achieve our loftiest goals and dreams. 

Even if we don't achieve all our goals and dreams, we will at least become professionals of great character and a person of value because we did what we planned to do on a daily basis. That, at least, is a goal worth achieving.

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