Throughout my entrepreneurial journey, I've strived to stay consistent about consistency. Even the best business plans will fail without a dedication to consistency.
If I say I'm going to do something, I do it. If I say I'm going to be somewhere, I'm there. If I initiate a new business process or initiative, I follow through. In my experience, consistency is a must as you build and grow your business.
With consistency, anything is possible! I may not have the most popular motivational blog today, but what will happen in 10 years, 20 years from now (with consistency). I'm aware that I still have lots of time to practice consistency. What’s your story? What could you accomplish, if you were consistent for the next 10 or 20 years? I hope you answered, “Anything!”
Let's look at 3 lessons on the power of consistency.
1. Consistency Will Eventually Payoff
It takes twenty years to become an overnight success. – Eddie Cantor
The time is going to pass; it only makes sense to be consistent while it’s passing; this way, you will have something valuable to show for the passage of your time.
Progress often hides behind boring solutions and underused insights. You don’t need more information. You don’t need a better strategy. You just need to do more of what already works. A little everyday will eventually equal…success.
Business growth requires a track record of success. You can't establish a track record if you are constantly shifting gears or trying new tactics. Many efforts fail before they get to the finish line, but not because the tactic was flawed or goals weren't clear. The problem is often that the team simply didn't stay the course to achieve the objective. What's your KPI?
2. Consistency is a “Habit”
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
This is one of my favorite quotes, it’s so telling, so clear. Habit will take you further than your desires. Cultivate the habit of doing successful activities, and you will have a successful life.
Successful habits separate the successful from the unsuccessful, and it’s usually just a handful of habits over the course of many years that separates the victors from the victims. You should also know that you can’t be consistent doing something you don’t love. Love what you do, do your best, and do it consistently, and in enough time you will succeed.
In business, your team pays as much or more attention to what you do as to what you say. Consistency in your leadership serves as a model for how they will behave. If you treat a meeting as unimportant, don't be surprised when you find they are doing the same to fellow teammates or even customers. When something doesn't work, I look back at what happened and ask some serious questions. Self reflect. Most of the time, the reason tracks back to lack of consistency.
3. Consistency makes you relevant
Look to make your course regular, that men may know beforehand what they may expect. – Francis Bacon
If your course is regular, not only will men know what to expect beforehand, but you will as well. When your actions are consistent, your future is predictable. If you keep moving in the right direction, it’s just a matter of time before you get to your goal; that’s just plain common sense.
As for business, your employees and your customers need a predictable flow of information from you. All too often I see businesses, both small and large, adopt a campaign or initiative only to end it before it gains traction. It's effective to run many advertisements, numerous blog entries, weekly newsletters, or continual process changes throughout a year.
Lastly, to be consistent, you will need to be persistent. Persistence requires discipline. A person waiting for inspiration limits achievement to periods when conditions are only desirable to them.
Sometimes you have to push through the pain to get to the promise. Sometimes you have to go through hell before you can get to a blissful state. You won’t always feel inspired, but if you push through the pain, success will be yours. Thank you for reading.
Being Too Busy is Dangerous - How to Identify it & Restore Your Health and Sanity.
Tell me if this sounds familiar: You run into someone you haven't seen for a while and ask them how they are doing and they say, "I am sooooo busy." Or maybe someone asks you about how things are going and your knee-jerk response is to reply, "I'm really busy," maybe even with a bit of pride at how busy you are.
Let's face it, we are living in a very fast-paced world and especially in Singapore, most of the working adults usually work more than 40 hours per week. However, busyness also does not mean that you are getting all that is necessary done. Some of this busyness is self-imposed as many people take on added work and obligations voluntarily.
As from my personal experience, busy doesn’t adequately describe my life over the past few years. Looking back from my current safe vantage point, I’m not sure how I survived.
The Stress Of A Busy Schedule
In 2011, I was working full time for a company and working part time trying to start up my own business. In the year before, I had my third child - my only daughter, who turned out to be a non-sleeper and a constant crier.
After nine months of sleeplessness, stress, and upset I went back to the workforce ‘part time’, working three days a week, but the reality was I had the same workload, only now I had to sort out childcare as i am living by myself with no parent support and stay awake all night to deal with my daughter too.
Over the course of three years we also moved three times. You know how they say moving is the most stressful experience? It is—especially with two jobs, two school-going kids and a toddler.
On top of all this stress I kept getting ill. I will always wake up either lethargic or down with a terrible flu and would usually suffer from back pain. I cried literally all the time. Being a mum is hard, but I told myself “Get a grip,” every day.
The Wake Up Call
Then one of my aunt passed away at the young age of forty-nine.
She was always busy working and looking fabulous. She complained to her doctor about headaches sometimes and he sent her away with a “stress” diagnosis. The following week a call came through, she was brought to the emergency after suffering from chest pain and she passed on with heart failure.
Hi! I'm Liyana. In this blog, I'll share stories, tips and tools to help you move beyond burnout and thrive at the intersection of mind, body and business.
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