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This week, I have been thinking a lot about consistency.
Consistency is something that doesn't come naturally to me, but it has proven
to be a game changer in my business and my personal life. And it is also a game
changer for my clients. Whilst my natural inclination is to "go with the
flow", I know that I increase my chances of goal attainment if I give them
a large dose of consistency. And I love attaining my goals!
Consistency and improvement
If you want to get better at something you have to practise it
I don't think I really learned this lesson growing up because,
whilst I'm embarrassed to admit it, most things came quite easily to me. Most
things, that is, that I chose to do which just so happened to be things that I
was naturally gifted in - I was quite clever in this regard, I think! I wasn't
gifted in sports so never had to do the consistent practice that comes with
that. I was gifted in music but managed to get through all the grades on piano
and trumpet with relatively little practice - not that my nonchalance went unnoticed
by my teachers, but I still got the results.
Fast-forward a few(!) years and I am now learning a musical
instrument again - the guitar. However, I'm not quite as nonchalant as I was at
15. I want to get good quickly and I'm also a tiny bit competitive with some of
the other adult students that are learning with my teacher. Turns out that this
time round, I'm going to have to practise more.
But where do you find the time? I found myself turning up at my
guitar lesson week after week and telling my teacher that I'd only done 20
minutes practice. I'm pleased to say that he gave me a good talking to and,
because he's a great teacher, gave me really valuable advice on how to be more
consistent in my practice. These are the tips he gave me:
Now, this is the sort of system that I already do in my business,
but I hadn't set myself up for success with the guitar. Well now it's the new
regime so perhaps in the coming months I'll be able to share a little guitar
ditty with you as a fun video!!
If you need to be consistent in order to improve something, then
follow the five steps above. They work for all sorts of scenario.
Consistency and reaching goals
The other place consistency has been coming up for me, is in the
attainment of goals. In 2021, I am doing a challenge to walk 1,000 miles. This
is a challenge that I've started in other years but never completed.
Consistency is key for challenges like this. I need to put on my
walking boots and walk just 2.74 miles each day, tracking on my Ordnance Survey
app. That's about an hour of walking per day. It doesn't sound like much but,
when you miss a day, you suddenly need to be doing 5.48 miles the following day
and that can quickly escalate, believe me. So, focusing on consistency is key.
Walk a small amount each day and, even if you don't manage 2.74 miles, chip
away a bit at a time.
I'm currently ahead of target and I've added another dimension for
myself this year. I am raising money in memory of my late brother in support of
a charity which supported him during some difficult times in his life. I'm
hoping to raise £1,000 or more so every mile now has a much deeper significance
than just completing the challenge. This is really helping with my consistency.
Which goals do you need to consistently chip away at? How can you keep
your motivation by connecting with the deeper significance of achieving that
goal? I'd love to hear your answers!
I hope that's given you some food for thought about consistency.
Of course, many people in the UK are currently juggling all sorts of home
schooling and work scenarios so please feel free to throw consistency to the
wind for the time being if you need to. But, if chipping away slowly at a big
goal feels helpful at the moment, then it can help you achieve big results.