Why People Struggle with Consistency
Even though the concept of staying consistent seems very simple on the surface, most people do struggle with this idea. They find it difficult to stay consistent because there are just too many distractions. People are simply not focused, committed or disciplined enough to stick with something in the short-term for long-term results.
The key reason why most people struggle with staying consistent over the long-term is that they only live for the short-term. In other words, if they don’t get immediate results from their actions, they don’t see the point with continuing with those actions over the long-haul. However, the habit of consistency isn’t about obtaining quick results. It’s rather about making incremental progress and improvements over an extended period of time.
Consider for a moment a skill that you have developed over the years. Maybe you’re a good singer or guitar player. Maybe you’re a great dancer or can speak a foreign language very well. No matter what skill you developed, you developed this skill over many weeks, months and years. And you developed it because you applied yourself consistently toward learning that particular skill.
A Practical Example of Consistency-in-Action
Consider for a moment a child learning how to shoot a basketball. In the beginning, the child is shown the proper technique of how to shoot the ball. However, early on things aren’t easy. They practice and practice the proper motion and movement but results are just hard to come by. The basket just seems too small and too far away. However, the child persists with practicing their shooting technique over many weeks, months and years. And through repetition, they start shooting more baskets.
The results become more consistent over time because of the muscle memory the child has developed through the act of repetition. Furthermore, repetition has helped the child to better understand what works and what doesn’t work while shooting the basketball. In other words, they have learned from their mistakes and errors and made the necessary adjustments along the way.
Years down the track shooting a basketball has become second nature, and it’s all because they committed themselves in the beginning to consistent daily practice through repetition.
This is of course just one example of consistency-in-action. It’s just one example of how doing something consistently over a period of time can reap incredible results. However, what if the child didn’t commit him or herself to daily practice? What if they just practiced once or twice per month? What difference would that have made years down the track? Obviously a tremendous amount of difference.
You Are Already Applying Consistency-in-Action
There are no quick results when it comes to a commitment to consistency. Consistency is rather about making incremental improvements over time. The results you are after will eventually come, however they will only come over an extended period of time when you commit yourself to consistency-in-action.
Now of course if for any reason you feel that this is something that’s difficult to do, then consider for a moment all the poor habits that people develop over time.
For instance, regularly snacking on that candy bar or overeating just a little each day over the course of many years can lead to major health concerns, obesity and mobility issues. But of course, you probably won’t notice what overeating “just a little today” is doing to you because it really doesn’t make much of a difference “today”. It probably won’t even make much of a difference tomorrow or next week, and maybe not even next month. But over the course of several years, overeating a little each day makes a significant difference; for that is when you finally start seeing the results from your consistent daily actions and therein lies the power of consistency.
This is just one example of many where we use consistency-in-action in a very negative and limiting way. I’m sure you can probably think of at least a dozen more examples.
Given this, it’s quite clear that we are certainly capable of applying the consistency habit into our lives. However, from here-on-in, it will all be about applying it in the right way to help you achieve your desired goals and objectives.
Bkessings to you- Coach Milton
I really believe that we all need to be consistent in life because we find joy in our consistent behaviors and habits and efforts. If you Can find consistent actions that bring you constant joy you want to do those things over and over and over. So I just have to believe that everyone wants more out of life, you want to maximize moments when given to you and I want you to find joy and happiness too. So let me help you as I cover five ways that I use to bring consistent habits to my day here you go:
Is Consistency important in relationships?
I have my thoughts but will share this first from Brandon Tarver, in TX.:
"Consistency is crucial. Think how animals are compared to man. They are consistent and have been that way since the beginning of time. Man is so inconsistent it’s ridiculous. Let’s pick a wild animal such as an alligator. Imagine if an alligator acted like an alligator one day, then a duck they next day, then a tiger the day after that and like a dog another day. Would you have any respect for it? No b/c it’s inconsistent and you don’t know what to expect, trust, feel or predict. Now imagine that same animal being consistent with another animal, a human and its own kind, how do you feel about it now? I bet you would respect it. That’s how powerful consistency is and no relationship can survive with inconsistency b/c it will frustrate you. Trust me on that one."
I agree with a lot of this is saying here, consistency is our expectations in relationships. Expectations are good in the right context, but expectations can become a hindrance if you are not willing to be flexible in the long term of the relationships. Every relationship will start at one point and if there is movement and growth in the relationship then there will be change. This change is probably the most consistent in life and its up to us Maximizers to be in those moments when we sense change and to be patient in our own understanding and the other person understanding as well.
Love to hear your thoughts?
Life situations are often complicated and erratic. One day you might feel sure that everything is perfect, and the next you might question every decision you’ve ever made. If you want to find consistency in life, you need to be consistent in your methods, habits and ways of thinking. Finding consistency can help you persevere through hard times and periods of personal doubt. It starts with building a more stable, consistent way of living for yourself, and extends outwards into other areas of your life.
4 Keys to get that consistency in your life:
2. Daily Resolution
Act Daily with one dat yo attack and approach at a time, looking over a week or month can be overwhelming and it allows your mind to try and figure out ways to cope even though the future is not yet made known. Act with a daily resolution!
3. Give it 183 Days
I wish I could say that 21 days after you start a new habit all will be right in the world, I believe at 21 days your mind is stating to take you seriously that we have a nw habit to form, but it will take 183 days for the new consistent behavior to really create momentum in your life.
Peer Pressure, telling someone that you trust to keep you consistent is a major factor in finding this beauty of discipline in your life.
Blessings- Coach Milton
Milton is genuine, persistent, and sincere. There are very few things that detract Milton from his pursuit of what he believes in. His attitude is fantastic and professionalism top notch. -
International speaker, creator of Maximizing Moments with Milton and the Author of Your Purpose, Your App -How to Stop Drifting and Start Living.