When I think about success, I immediately think of consistency. In my mind, consistency matters a great deal. It ensures I stay focused, determined, active, and productive. Consistency drives me forward, helps me evolve, learn, break barriers, and ensure that every little step takes me closer to my goal.
The most straightforward example is a workout routine. It helps me stay healthy, focused, and productive. Regardless of length or intensity, every workout contributes to a bigger picture and a strong long-term performance. A single session in itself might not matter in the short term. But regular sessions bring substantial results.
“Consistency is key … It doesn’t necessarily matter what you do when you’re in the gym, just that you’re there and exercise with effort.” The Effect of Resistance Training in Women on Dynamic Strength and Muscular Hypertrophy Study by Dr. Mandy Hagstrom.
The same can be said about a skincare routine. A day at the spa taking care of my face, skin, and body will not matter if I do nothing at home to support my skin. Everyday routine matters a great deal when it comes to long term results.
Consistency does not mean perfection, though. My regular exercise sessions vary in intensity and length. Sometimes I feel lazy and pick a short easy workout. Other days I feel energetic and motivated to sweat and feel the pain. The key is to know that YOU are in charge of your routine. Make changes and adjustments to ensure you keep moving towards the ultimate goal.
I allow myself some wiggle room, whether it is in writing, exercising, or dieting. If I commit to hardcore interval training every day, I might lose interest in a week or two, feeling tired and exhausted. Which, in turn, will most likely make me quit exercising. So I give myself the power to pick an exercise that works for me instead of skipping my workout altogether.
Consistency allows me to measure success or failure. Suppose I decide that I want to improve my writing skills. If I do not notice any changes after six months of writing once a week, then it is a sign I need to make adjustments. Maybe I need to write twice or three times a week, take a writing course, or look for inspiration. But if I am not consistent, there is no way of knowing whether I need to pivot.
Consistency allows us to achieve big goals that require months, sometimes years of commitment. A consistent routine that sets up appropriate milestones and expectations is the best path forward.
I cannot become good at playing the piano by practicing day and night for a month. I will get tired, bored, and eventually quit the practice. Instead, a better idea would be to have short practice sessions every other day. The scheduled sessions will ensure that I improve, learn, and perfect my skills while achieving milestones, like learning a new song.
Setting achievable expectations and goals will show a clear path forward while acknowledging milestones will be a joyful occasion empowering the journey.
I encourage you to think big and bold, then creating consistent routines that will target reasonable milestones and enable you to move forward!
“Success isn’t always about ‘greatness’; it’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” Dwayne Johnson On Why Success Is All About Consistency By Paul Henderson.