“Trust is built with consistency.”
–Lincoln Chafee, former U.S. Senator and Governor of Rhode Island
If you want to accomplish any goal, you’re going to need some discipline. That’s an obvious no brainer. We all know what it’s like to have discipline (feels good, doesn’t it?) and what it’s like to be undisciplined. Another word for discipline which I often like to use is the word consistency. I think the word consistency better captures the attitude we need to accomplish any significant goal in life. If you want to get somewhere, you’re going to have to be as consistent as you can in moving in that direction.
If you want a healthy lifestyle, you’re going to have to be consistent in eating right and getting proper exercise. If you want a closer relationship with God, you’re going to have to be consistent in meeting with Him in prayer, meditation, and reading Scripture. If you want to grow a business or an organization or a personal project, you’re going to have to be consistent day in and day out with whatever is needed to build just that. Consistency is key. Attempting to accomplish anything of true significance without consistency is at best futile and at worst utter ignorance.
I like to think of consistency as marching. Whether it’s rain or shine, you keep marching. Whether you feel like it or not, you keep marching. Whether there are huge obstacles in the way or not, you just keep marching towards your goal.
This blog is a great example of the necessity for consistent marching. I post three articles a week which is the goal that I’ve set for myself. In order for me to do just that, I must also write three articles a week. That's an obvious fact. Without any semblance of consistency, this blog would have caved in months ago. Now admittedly, there are days when I just don’t feel like writing. Or I’ve got writer’s block. Or I’m really busy. I could name half a dozen excuses not to write. But if I want to get anywhere with my writing, I have to be incredibly consistent. So whether I feel like it or not, I march on—I keep writing.
If you want to get anywhere with your goals, there are few alternatives to good old fashion consistency. Whether you feel like it or not, just keep marching.