The Quick Guide To Getting More Consistency And Greater Results In Your Life
Over the last several years, I’ve listened to hundreds of podcasts and read hundreds of books about people who have had or are having incredible success in their lives. There are so many habits that seem to overlap — which is a whole other topic, in itself.
The one thing that consistently stands out to me is the individual’s incredible consistency in life and their career. We think, at least I have in the past, that success comes from being able just to get more and more done than others, throughout their day. While there is probably still some merit to this point, however, there is also something that gives them an incredible advantage over others that are not having quite the success these individuals are having: Consistency.
Finding and executing consistency in life can be an incredibly hard thing. Life doesn’t always have the same plans as we do, and our days can get derailed by a lot of things that are out of our control, but fighting for that consistency is the key to living a truly successful life.
Simple idea. Extremely hard to execute.
The best way to start is to just…well…start.
Here is a guide to help get more consistency in your life.
Better Habits and Routines
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
The first thing we have to evaluate when we are looking for more consistency in our lives is our habits and routines — good and bad — even more so the bad. What current habit(s) are not serving us well? We all have bad habits, or at least, habits that do not serve us or our greater mission and goals in life. We need to get a hold of these first; then, we can build in the consistency.
Bad habits also lead to bad routines, or worse, no routine at all. We all need at least a little routine in our lives. No matter our age. Think about what happens to a baby or child when they get off of their routine. It’s not pretty.
None of us, myself especially, need to be left to our own devices — which is where routine goes to die and leaves consistency entirely out of the picture.
Ultimately, our habits and routines make up our lives and determine who we are and who we become. It’s a little intimidating to accept that. It’s who we become. It’s our actions; it makes up our days and our lives.
So if those things are who we become and need them for consistency, they must be pretty important, right?
Think Small, Even Smaller
“Most people overestimate what they can do in a year and they underestimate what they can do in two or three decades.”
– Tony Robbins
In the past, I’ve had this terrible habit of wanting to start a new workout routine at the gym with something that would take the fitness level of a Navy Seal or professional Crossfit athlete. Honorable, but foolish.
I’m in better shape than most people my age, but I’m not an ‘athlete.’ It’s not my job. So, I always have to reevaluate after week one, if not sooner, and be honest with what I can consistently get done in a workout and still be able to move the next day.
Whether it’s our workout, sales calls, or new writing habit — think small, then think smaller. What could you get done every day, then do it again and again and again? That’s the key.
Entrepreneur and self-development leader Darren Hardy wrote a book on this titled, The Compound Effect. He wrote, “The Compound Effect is the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices,” he continues, “even though the results are massive, the steps, in the moment, don’t feel significant.”
Think small, and what is actionable every day. Results will add up and compound exponentially.
It Takes a Lot of Focus
Life will get in the way. Life will pull at you, wear on you, and leave you with very little energy sometimes. We will have to find a way to weather through these difficult days, which are just roadblocks in our path to consistency.
Consistency will require us to dig deep and to focus on what is important to us. What are the most critical actions we must take to be consistent?
Finding that one or a couple of things that matter most in our lives is so important. As Gary Keller would say, “What’s the one thing you can do, such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”
If we want real life-changing consistency in our life, we have to understand the metrics that matter the most. There is only so much time and energy provided each day. While we work so hard for consistency, we need to know the actions — when taken — that will be the most effective.
Whatever it is in life that you are looking to gain consistency in, start working on it today, don’t wait. Let go of the habits that aren’t working for you and focus on the habits that help you get closer to the person you aspire to become. It’s in this change of habits and routines that you can lay the groundwork for your consistent behavior.
Once you take consistent action on the most significant aspects of your lives, you will grow quickly and exponentially. The journey may seem so inconsequential at times, but whether you can see it or not, you are building a wall of success, one brick at a time.