One of the key characteristics that separate mediocrity from excellence is consistency. Not very glamorous I know, but it is absolutely 100% true.
Being consistent in purposeful actions is so critical, and yet can be so very challenging for creative, dynamic women who have lots of ideas and stuff that they want to accomplish. I know it has certainly been a challenge for me at different times both personally and professionally.
Many times consistency gets confused with routine, which sounds boring and totally uninspiring. Blah! Nothing, in fact, could be further from the truth. Consistency simply means taking the actions that bring you closer to your desired goals.
And…that leads us to where most of us get tripped up: we set ourselves up to fail in two ways:
How many times have you said, “Well I did really great this week, but next week I’ll probably mess up.”
“I did ok this time, but I probably won’t be able to keep with it.”
And you know what…that is not your fault. Your experiences, personality, thoughts, beliefs, and the cumulative mix that makes you YOU have all conspired to self sabotage you; but the good news is that you can change it.
The fact is that when you start thinking of yourself differently…you start to do things differently.
The other main reason we trip up is that we don’t give it enough time to work. In this ‘Age of Instant’ if we don’t get immediate results…we think it doesn’t work.
OK…that’s enough of what I call ‘practical woowoo’ 😉 Here are some have-in-your-hand tips to help you with consistency.
- Batch stuff- Group items together (do your writing tasks at once, group your phone calls together, handle your email and correspondence at one time, etc.)
- Keep a time log (No you don’t have to do this forever; a few days will do). You’ll be amazed at where your time is going and how you’re spending it. Track ALL of your activities: what you do, how long it takes you and so on). Look for gaps in your scheduling…and speaking of scheduling;
- Make a schedule. I know, I know it seems to fly in the face of being a creative, dynamic entrepreneur, but you need a plan. Planning out your activities will provide you with a structure to achieve consistency.
- Chunk it. If you have tasks you tend to put off, make a commitment of 10-15 minutes to devote your attention to it…that is certainly doable (set a timer if need be).
- Self awareness. You have to become aware of your behavior if you wish to change it. I call this putting your Success Blinders on.
What do you think? Any consistency tips to share?