Introduction to Mastering Consistency

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Mastering consistency is a noble pursuit. Consistency is one of my core values. 

I work on consistency every single day. It wasn’t always that way. These days I’m very grateful for the role of consistency has played in my own personal and spiritual growth.

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While many believe that knowledge is power, knowledge is only powerful when it’s consistently applied. Consistency may be the most important component of success. A small step forward each day adds up to a lot of mileage over time.

Are the little things you do each day adding up to something positive? Or is the quality of your life slowly slipping away?

With consistent action over the next 10 or 20 years, what could you accomplish? Five cold calls each day / 5 days per week equal 1300 sales calls in 1 year! Five small pieces of chocolate over the same schedule is roughly 25,000 calories or the equivalent of over 7 lbs.

Action Step

Journal your thoughts on the question below. 

Are your consistent behaviors helping or harming?

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6 Simple Strategies to Boost Your Consistency

The Ground Hog Day Scenario 

Bill Murry in the movie Ground Hog Day relives the same day over and over until he found a way to benefit from the situation. 

This is your chance to do the same. 

If you re-lived today for the next 10 years, where would you end up? 

  • Suppose you saved just a small amount of money each day, you’d eventually be wealthy. If you overeat slightly each day, you’d weigh 400+ lbs.
  • An effective way to predict your success is to examine your average day and project the likely outcome into the future. One hour each night spent practicing the piano would give different results versus spending an extra hour watching television.
  • Your teeth aren’t clean because you brushed them for an hour straight. They’re clean because you brushed them for 3 minutes for 3,000 days straight.

Action Step

Consider where your daily habits and behaviors are leading you financially, socially, spiritually, and physically. What are the logical conclusions of your daily activities?

Create the four heading on a piece of paper. Under each heading write your conclusion and insights.

Ask yourself what one small consistent action in each category could change your results over time.

2 Mastering consistency is done with small daily steps. 

  1. Realize that many changes in life come slowly. Many success gurus advocate taking massive action to see massive results, but that strategy is difficult to apply and maintain. And one we don’t recommend. 
  • Consider weight loss. You can’t lose 25 lbs. in a day. Small changes occur to your weight each day. Those small, regular changes add up to impressive results.

  • Mastering consistency is about doing small actions daily. Recognizing that you won’t be perfect. You are training a new muscle. Be gentle with yourself. But when you miss, get back to it the very next day. 

Building a fortune, the perfect body, or a great relationship all take time and consistency.

Action Step:

Try the “Seinfeld Strategy” to track your efforts.

Click here to read How to Stop Procrastinating on Your Goals by Using the “Seinfeld Strategy”

 

 

3. Mastering Consistency is about Habits Not  Discipline

Consistency requires habits or discipline, and discipline is in short supply.

  • Use your discipline to develop useful habits. Relying on discipline day after day is a losing battle for most of us.
  • While discipline can grow with effort, having effective habits is more effective and much less painful.
  • Tag onto habits you already use. When you roll over to turn off the alarm clock have a posted note for your morning affirmation or gratitude practice.

Action Step:

Think of habits you already have (focus on the good ones) and tag a new action step you would like to make a habit.

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4  Learn to act in the moment.   

The greatest barrier to mastering consistency is the belief that you can postpone an action to another day.

Each day has the power to bring you closer to your goals. Every day lost is lost forever. See number 2.

 

  • The only real discipline required is the discipline to act right now

 5. Take the Long View

    • Have reasonable expectations. Most success doesn’t come overnight.
    • Remember the 10,000-hour rule to reach mastery suggested by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers: The Story of Success
    • Focus on your daily habits, keep an eye on your long-term goals, and your daily practice will deliver you the results you need.
    • Patience rather than immediate gratifications is the model here.

Action Step:

I have this posted where I see it every day as a reminder.

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

Repeat this affirmation when you feel your impatience begin to nibble and the edge of your commitment.

Today I am choosing patience trusting that my daily work will reap results in unexpected places and at unexpected times. 

6 Use Triggers as reminders.

 Mastering consistency is about doing the work each and every day.

  • Use reminders or triggers in your environment to encourage consistency. Think about the things that you do every day that could serve as reminders. Getting dressed, starting your car, and turning out the light each night are a few examples.
  • Each night you turn out the light, you could visualize your goals. After getting dressed, you could do five pushups.

Action Step:

Create a list of things you do every day and connect that action with a remember.

As an example, as I mentioned before when you turn off your alarm turn to your daily affirmation on patience.

Nature does not hurry yet everything is accomplished.

Conclusion

Mastering consistency isn’t about what you do once in a while doesn’t impact your life significantly.

Rather, it’s what you do consistently.

Consistency is a major predictor of success in any endeavor.

Develop habits and routines that guarantee success. Consistent behaviors determine your outcomes, so choose behaviors that make sense.

Final Recommendation

Click here to watch ” All the little innocuous boring little things. 

Further Resouces

My name is Nick Grimshawe and I help people seeking to live extraordinary lives to use the tools of affirmations, gratitude, mindfulness, and Meditation to live the life they envision. We share one new video a week on one of those topics. Wednesdays I do a Facebook Live at 2 PM eastern. Each week I include a free piece of content either a check sheet cheat sheet or resource to help you move forward with your adventure. You can connect to me on social media through the links below.

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