Consistency

Here’s a story.
There’s a brilliant man I know who has become a millionaire simply by focusing on how to help others tell their stories and perform to their highest potential. He’s a marketing professional, a best selling author, and a sought after speaker.

He’s heard people say (my paraphrase), “How did this kid come out of nowhere and become so successful?”

His response goes something like this. ‘They don’t know that before my success I had been diligently working for years on the internet [to grow my name, brand, and positioning].

This man’s name is Brendon Burchard. You may have heard of him. He grew up in a financially average home in the Midwest. He’s now a millionaire.

To what can he attribute his success? 

Well – there are tons of factors of course. The details of his story can be found on his website or in his books. One characteristic I’ve noticed about Brendon, however, is that he’s incredibly consistent.

He’s consistent in his character.

He’s consistent in his work.

He’s consistent in his online presence and the quality of his brand.

Consistency is something Brendon has mastered.
For Brendon this has paid off BIG TIME!

 

In an article published by Darren Hardy,
publisher of Success Magazine, Darren says this:

“I used to get frustrated when I would start a new venture and I’d see the
competition leap out in front and get off to a fast and successful start.
Then I found the single discipline that gives me the advantage
to beat anybody at almost anything—CONSISTENCY”   

 

Think about other areas of our lives.

Consistently eating diets filled with a high percentage of fat and sugar =
abuse on our bodies

Consistently exercising and eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals =
our bodies make progress towards better health
This is why I run a fit group almost year round for my
Beachbody Fitness Clients. Consistency makes all the difference.

Consistently showing up to our places of employment and producing high quality work =
a promotion or a better job elsewhere

Consistently choosing to interact with our children, spouses, and friends with attitudes of love and patience =
more fulfilling relationships

Consistently watching our thoughts and keeping out negative harmful cycles =
a free and joyful spirit

Consistently taking time to worship and pray =  
reaping the peace that comes with trust and faith
..

In fact – I can’t think of any aspect of our lives (personal, professional, spiritual) that isn’t enhanced
– even made full – by consistency.
..

Can you?
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Here’s a growth challenge for you:

Right now – identify one area in your life in which you are struggling with consistency.

Second – answer these questions:

What would be the results if you added consistency?

What would that look like?

What benefits would you reap?

Third – decide 1 or 2 changes you can make right now to develop more consistency in this one area of your life.

 

Tell us about your your steps in the comments section.

Or …. tell us about how consistency has already been a benefit in your life.
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As an added note:
If you’re having trouble with consistency, then you may not know your deepest ‘why’ for doing what you do.
Review this post: Why do we bother?
to learn how you can master your ‘why’.
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Ok – see you in the comments section!!
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I used to get frustrated when I would start a new venture and I’d see the competition leap out in front and get off to a fast and successful start. Then I found the single discipline that gives me the advantage to beat anybody at almost anything—CONSISTENCY. – See more at: http://www.success.com/blog/part-15-how-to-win%E2%80%94every-time#sthash.DkBJBW6l.dpuf
I used to get frustrated when I would start a new venture and I’d see the competition leap out in front and get off to a fast and successful start. Then I found the single discipline that gives me the advantage to beat anybody at almost anything—CONSISTENCY. – See more at: http://www.success.com/blog/part-15-how-to-win%E2%80%94every-time#sthash.DkBJBW6l.

Always remember:

Be Inspired! Be Inspirational! Be a Leader!

Your consistency matters!

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. Love that! Consistency is something I’ve been working on in a variety of areas – fitness, nutrition, Bible study, family life, etc. In the past, I would be faithful and on fire for a time, but then my commitment and consistency would taper off and I’d find myself having to start all over again in some areas, or work really hard to get back on track. I believe that for me, it boiled down to living out my value and worth. Maybe that sounds strange, I don’t know, but as I’ve removed the negative labels that I and others have put on me, and have realized that the only thing I am truly labeled with is LOVED, I find myself ready to be more consistent in doing loving things for myself. When I do find myself getting off track, I’m quick to get back on. As I become healthier, the better I feel, and the easier it seems to be consistent, as well. And it helps to have accountability, too, from people who want the best for me and I for them.

    • Tesa – thanks so much for sharing your experience and wisdom! WOW!! What a VERY cool perspective. It really does have a lot to do with how we view ourselves. I hadn’t really thought about it that way before but I agree – you are VERY VERY right. It’s wonderful that you have found victory in this area.
      Thanks again for taking time to share this with us. I know everyone who reads your response will be encouraged.
      Have a wonderfully inspired day!
      LouAnn

  2. Keep these coming! This was a very beneficial exercise for me on Consistency. I find that I am not consistent all the time with my lifestyle pattern. I get very bored easily and am always taking on new things. My nutrition is very inconsistent and I definitely have to work on that. It would benefit me to plan ahead instead of winging it all the time. Certain aspects if my lufe are nomadic and I find I would rather travel to escape any consistent pattern in my life. It is like I feel like I will wither away if I am not always on the go.

    • Thanks, Dinah!
      That’s such a cool perspective and comment. I wonder if there’s a way to develop consistency and yet still be free and nomadic. For instance – the consistency to exercise 4-5 days a week for at least 30 minutes, but still have the freedom to choose the type on the fly. Or…. a certain number of high/low calorie days each week, but the freedom to choose when they happen as you peruse through your days. Or… a few more free days while others are planned….or…. a challenge to find new foods or food combinations. Well – just some ideas.

      Your response is insightful. I wonder if lots of folks struggle with consistency for just this reason.
      Thanks, again for sharing. You sure got me thinking and I have no doubt you got many others thinking as well.

      Have a wonderfully inspiring day!

  3. Interesting to read this as I have been on a program to reinvent myself to live a more fulfilling life. It’s consistency of thinking positive thoughts and staying on the program’s system of working on how to look at things differently. It affects all aspects of life, work, relationships, spiritual life, etc. This weeks message reinforces me to stay on track!!! It can be easy to fall away but you don’t reap the rewards.

    • HI Laurie,
      Thanks for your response! I totally get that!. I’ve been in positions several times of reinventing myself. It’s so easy to fall off the bandwagon. I agree with you – consistency in all those areas is crucial and will definitely make the difference between success and failure. You’re doing great and it’s fun that you share your journey with us.
      Have a wonderfully inspired and consistent day!! 🙂

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