“Conformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy, or fairness.”
Consistency is one of the most sought after and honorable social conformities in today's modern world. Whether that be showing up to work everyday, unconditionally loving your wife or tirelessly working on your craft – consistency is a pattern for true success.
Here are some bullet points that represent consistency. Are you meeting these four areas of your consistent life?
- Show up
This one is pretty straight forward. If we are expected to be punctual, then we have to abide by this criteria. We cannot expect anyone's word as true if they fail to preform the most basic action of consistency - showing your face. We have to be present in order for delivery, attention and suggestion to apply. How can we deliver our offering, give attention to others or suggest solutions and opinions if we are not in the proper surroundings?
A good way to approach the day consistently is to start with a morning routine. It kick starts the AM hours and gets our body moving. This allows for a confident approach. Take advantage of small wins in the morning in order to confidently show up to your more important tasks later in the afternoon.
This is the most important bullet. We have to deliver. If we promise a skill or material object to be delivered, the only justifiable response for the second party is to expect a return. We have to constantly deliver a %70 - %100 delivery rate to our customers or coworkers. It's not everyday that you'll will hit that %100 mark. What I mean by that is, it's not everyday that we have our best day of work. It's not every day that we'll have our best workout. It's not everyday that we'll be the best partner to our loved one. It's simply not everyday that we'll do our best but if you can first, show up and second deliver at least a %70 effort, that will most likely suffice in most occasions. Remember it's better to do a subpar job than no job at all.
Another critical bullet of consistency. Giving our attention to our work is the key factor in hitting that %100 delivery rate. We all have days where our minds are elsewhere while performing a task. This usually results in a mediocre effort and hinders full attention. We've all had that feeling of flow state. This is when we feel like we are “in the zone” of whatever activity we are engaged in. This is a state of mind - merging attention and awareness. It's a distortion of temporal experience and in result, one's subjective experience of time is altered. Try and find this sweet-spot when performing an activity. Check out this writeup on how to hack into the flow state.
Giving our attention to others is another key to this bullet. Top performers have mastered the skill of emotional intelligence. We have to be emotionally aware of our surroundings. That means understanding our coworkers needs, ideas and frailties. The only way to develop this skill is by listening. Figure out what people need and deliver that to them.
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There will come a time when stepping up from follower to leader is necessary. All of the top performers were not born into leadership, they made a conscious decision to be there. One of the biggest factors of being consistent is to suggest and offer personal opinions. We can never accomplish all the things that embody success if we are not offering up our two cents.
Confidence, intellect and awareness are perceived by our peers. Remember to constantly market yourself and remember this idea (outlined in the 22 immutable laws of marketing, which I highly recommend you purchase!)– “The only reality you can be sure about is your own perceptions." If you perceive another as socially confident or intellectual, that is because you have subconsciously labeled that person as having these traits. They have marketed themselves as someone that embodies these skills. Whether they do or do not is often times only made aware through our second bullet – delivery.
Take an afternoon and figure out your consistency ratio. Are we showing up everyday but not suggesting? Are we suggesting everyday but not giving our full attention to others? Often times we lack in one of the four bullets. If you make it a top priority to be consistent in every aspect of your life, you will perform at optimal efficiency and achieve great success!