On it went:  “I think I can; I think I can, I think I can”. I know how to develop consistency!How to Develop Consistency in5 Steps

Have you begun something and then decided you didn’t want to keep going? You lost interest or drive. You were scared or nervous. Realising the enormity of the task you had decided to tackle. Maybe the results didn’t happen as quickly as you first hoped.

How to Develop ConsistencyRiding a mule up the slippery sandy 4000-year-old steps, I wanted to get off. This is scary. I was way out of my comfort zone. I realised that perhaps I had not thought about what I was doing.

Halfway up, I wanted to get off. I can’t. It’s too hard. I’m nervous, scared, and I’ve lost interest. I didn’t know it would be this nerve-wracking. Yet, I could not get off. There was a solid wall on my left and a sheer drop on my right. If I got off, it would be into thin air and to certain death.

WHY DEVELOP CONSISTENCY?

Now you may be wondering what a mule ride has to do with consistency.  Well, let me share.  There are several things.

Firstly, these mules had been walking up these stairs “consistently” for many years with their guide. They knew exactly where to put their feet to have stability and certainty. They walked independently, and How to Develop Consistencytogether they were able to encourage and carry more.

The definition of consistency is the quality of achieving a level of performance which does not vary greatly in quality over time.  What things do you do with consistency – are they healthy or unhealthy? Consistency creates stability and certainty. Once you know how to develop persistence, you can create anything you desire. Consistency or persistence or discipline is the secret ingredient to any success.

Developing consistency develops habits and confidence.

As Stephen R Covey says in his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”; “private victories precede public victories”.   Small wins build confidence and create independence. Independence of character allows us to act, therefore disallowing us to be acted upon.  Being “acted upon” seems like not having control of your life.

So develop small, consistent actions, which will undoubtedly build your confidence, so you can create an independent life you are in control of.

Yet don’t get carried away with being independent. Independent people may not genuinely succeed in business, marriage, family or organisational reality. Independent people may be consistent producers, but they may not be team players or good leaders.

Discovering ways to be consistent in your actions, and be true to yourself will build the poise to interact with others. Carrying out promises you make to yourself, to show up, to not eat unhealthy, to exercise, to commit to an action and growth develops your consistency. You can then tackle more substantial obstacles knowing that you are capable and having intellectual interdependence, share yourself more deeply, meaningfully with others. This gives you access to more resources and potential to create a stress-free life.

YET, HOW TO DEVELOP CONSISTENCY IS THE QUESTION.

The benefits of knowing ways to be consistent are just like the benefit of a spectacular view after arriving at the top of the mountain. Persisting with the mule ride, arriving relieved, it was breath-taking. Consequently the fear was so worth it in the end.

Together, the mule and I, interdependently, accomplished an amazing feat. Feeling secure and safe, like you belong and are connected because you trusted each other, consistent actions allowed for follow-through.

The guide had taken the mules up and down these stairs many times. They believed in themselves and were happy to complete the activity. How then, do we develop our consistent actions, so we can believe in ourselves and be satisfied. This constant action makes you effective.

HERE ARE 5 WAYS TO DEVELOP CONSISTENCY.

1. Create a habit or routine out of the action you need to complete.
2. Schedule time to accomplish the task.
3. Do it even if you don’t want to
4. Focus on the process, not the outcome.
5. Work to timeframes.

Let me explain:

1.  CREATE A HABIT OR ROUTINE.

Our minds work on autopilot. Think of driving a car or riding a bike, do you think about what you are doing?
No. You get in and do it. (this is a by-product of doing things consistently – you can work on autopilot).

2.  SCHEDULE TIME TO ACCOMPLISH THE TASK.

Make and take the time to accomplish the task. Don’t try to do something new while completing something old. Set the time to do the job and learn the steps. Once you are aware of the steps to take, above all, schedule the time to complete the task in between 2 other daily routines.

For example:
If you decide to drink more water and want to make a habit out of it, insert the task between two other jobs you complete on autopilot.  This way, your mind doesn’t balk at completing the new activity. You trick your mind into thinking that what you are doing is part of the other activities.  Clever eh?  Find a task you don’t think about, like turning on the kettle and put on toast.  Now, add drinking water in between these activities, and you will automatically complete the action without even noticing that you are doing something new.   Try it.

PERSISTENCE DEVELOPS CONSISTENCY, DISCIPLINE AND CONFIDENCE

3.  DO IT EVEN IF YOU DON’T WANT TO.

Jay Shetty, in his podcast “On Purpose” speaking of accomplishing new years resolutions or goals says to do it even when you don’t want to – and you will feel better for it.
Doing it when you don’t want to creates the habit and routine and builds self-confidence that you will get through it.

Just like I stayed on the mule and rode to the top of the mountain – even though I didn’t want to, I experienced the results. Now, whenever I feel like not doing it, I say: “I think I can, I think I can, I know I can, I will.”

If you do it when you don’t want to you aren’t breaking a promise to yourself and you are keeping your word. It builds your integrity and your independence, which will allow you to create public wins and achieve more.

4. FOCUS ON THE PROCESS, NOT THE OUTCOME.

We are, generally speaking, task orientated people. We do the work to get the result. Until I realised that enjoying the process made the job more satisfying, I used to despise committing to completing tasks that I was not interested in.
Now, when doing it even when I don’t want to, I’m focused on the growth and change that occurs while doing the process, not on the outcome achieved.

This makes you more aware and effective in your actions and outcomes.
It’s like you can’t have the golden eggs without caring for the goose, you can’t get the result without focusing on the process or practices you carry out.

IF YOU ARE PERSISTENT YOU WILL GET IT, IF YOU ARE CONSISTENT YOU WILL KEEP IT”

Remember the Blue Dot Effect – where what you focus on you see more of? The Blue Dot Effect comes into play when you focus on the process – then you enjoy the process, and it doesn’t matter how the outcome pans out. Otherwise, you spend so much time stressing over what the result is, that all you see is what you are worried about.

5.  USE TIMEFRAMES.

I know how busy we all are. Using timeframes will help you be consistent with creating routines and habits, and for that reason, scheduling time to implement the action will be easier. Firstly work out the time it takes for you to complete the action. Now you know where you can slot it into your day. Allow more time to complete the task than you need, so that you can feel accomplished when you achieve it in less time.

Get yourself a guide or mentor who can keep you accountable as you learn how to develop consistency in your life. I have implemented these five steps to create consistency in my actions. And a side bonus to having consistency is you to do more, which means also that you live a stress-free life. No more overwhelm because there is so much to do, or the changes are difficult. No more chaos and confusion as your schedule creates habits and consistency.

Now, you know How To Develop Consistency in 5 Steps.

If you would like to begin to implement these steps and need a guide, why not book an adventure session with me so we can chat about how to work together.