Consistency

consistency
kənˈsɪst(ə)nsi/
noun

  1. consistent behaviour or treatment.
  2. the way in which a substance holds together; thickness or viscosity. synonyms: evenness, steadiness, stability, constancy, regularity, uniformity,                        equilibrium, unity, orderliness, lack of change, lack of deviation;

It’s a word I like to use when I think of all the good habits I should have acquired by now, but haven’t. It’s a crutch, an escape to justify, why not. Looking a little deeper beyond the excuse, I see that CONSISTENCY is just a nice word without the necessary support to make it work.

Take a blank piece of paper, for example, and a pen. With your free hand (left or right) draw a consistent straight line from the top of the page to the bottom. Truth is, it’s nearly impossible for the line you draw to be consistently straight all the way along without the support of something else, like a ruler.

A ruler, supports what the pen is doing and makes the pen accountable for keeping the line straight.

What is your support? Who or what is keeping you accountable?

Some people say that if you want to develop a habit, do that thing that you want as a habit (consistently) for 30 days and it will stick, then all of a sudden it will become second nature. Really? I beg to differ. In reality, without a ruler, the line is straight for a while until you encounter something that gets in your way then it stops being consistent, and that’s when you need support to push you through it.

The vice of consistency is being erratic and irregular with short bursts of brilliance here and there.

If you want to be consistent with something, find a good support that will keep you on the straight and narrow just like the ruler and the pen. Be accountable and you will develop consistency.

 

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