Updated: May 8
Ever heard the saying—practice makes perfect? This saying is very true. The more you do something, the more you get the hang of it, and the easier it becomes for you to do. Talent can get you so far, hard work will make you go the distance, commitment will even prove you to be worthy, but if you are not consistent, eventually what you are working towards will fall apart. Lots of businesses pop up and then disappear after some time, due to many reasons, and sometimes the lack of consistency is one of them.
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For example, if you have a passion for writing, and you decide to start a blog, you must be prepared to work at it and work at it consistently. You cannot update your blog, once in three months; you will lose your target audience. If you want to lose weight and are not eating healthy regularly, or working out consistently, you will remain the same weight, and even gain some more weight in some cases.
“In consistency, lies the key to success.”
Even if you are not an expert in your field, as long as you keep going at it, you will become more knowledgeable, and take your skills to the next level. How are some ways you can become consistent?
Believe within yourself that this is what you want to do, and stick with it: Once you find a goal or a vision for your life, then you have to agree within yourself that this is it, and then stick with your decision. Show up when others aren’t showing up, learn when others aren’t learning; give it your best even when you are not seeing results, or people are not applauding you. In no time, they will start paying attention to what you are doing and get on board. Just put one step in front of the other, and keep going.
“Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day, lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.” —John Maxwell
Stay away from distractions: If you know hanging out with certain people at certain times, will take away from your productivity, then you have to schedule your leisure time. You can’t choose to hang out with people when you are supposed to be working. They will take away from your now, and also your future. Once you have designated a time slot to work each day, stick with your schedule, so you can get work out of the way, and focus on other things. Turn off your phone, if possible, lock yourself in a room away from your family (if you work from home), and give your purpose your all.
Plan Ahead: Do not underestimate to power of planning ahead. This will save you from a lot of stress later on. Plan your day ahead of time, and accomplish whatever task you set out to accomplish for the day, no matter how small. It will make you feel better when you are done for the day.
Surround Yourself with Consistent People: When you surround yourself with the right group of people, they motivate you to be better. Their work ethic rubs off on you, and you wouldn’t want to be the only one lagging behind.
When you are consistent, you build momentum and form habits that become second nature to you. You also get amazing results, opportunities, and you gain expertise. People begin to seek you out for your wisdom and knowledge. There is no hard or fast rule to success, success is found in doing the very thing you are meant to do, and doing it consistently. Even if it is a menial job, one day someone would reward you for your faithfulness. Now get to working!
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About The Author: Evi Idoghor is a Christian, writer, and content creator on Letstalknationblog.com. She is a chemical engineering graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Consumed by her love for writing and desire to effect change, she launched her online platform––Let’s Talk Nation––to tap into her creativity and start meaningful conversations that would make a difference around the world.
Most of her writing has been influenced by her time spent in America, where she lived for about 11 years. Also, she lived in Nigeria and South Korea and currently loves traveling the world while learning about other fascinating cultures. You can find her on all social media platforms with @eviidoghor.