~ Elaine Bailey, Coach-Mentor, Author and Speaker
I first started writing blog posts in 2009. I was initially scared to put myself out there. But I made a commitment to write and post an article EVERY week. I have posted EVERY week since I started, no matter what was going on in my busy life. I showed up, did the work and made it happen. I’m disciplined and consistent in my approach to writing.
It has paid off. My results have far exceeded my original goal: I’ve been invited on numerous radio interviews, published in English Textbooks, written chapters in books, spoken from the stage, and been given a scholarship to write my own book! These articles have also connected me to new coaching clients and corporate contracts.
What did I do to get all this?
…I showed up consistently and did the work!
It doesn’t matter how good you have been in the past, how talented you are or how many amazing opportunities are coming you way in the future…
Your performance is linked to discipline.
Consistency is the key to continued growth and achievement of your goals in whatever you want to achieve.
If you are inconsistent with your progress, you’ll do things when it’s convenient or when you remember and you’ll get inconsistent results. You’ll fall short of your desired results.
Other people will see your inconsistency. This will affect their perception of you and it could negatively affect your ability with clients or your chances of a promotion because:
“How you do anything is how you do EVERYTHING!”
~ Christine Kane, Mentor and Speaker
People sometimes come to me for coaching because they have mastered the job, but not mastered themselves. They come with their success stories of how awesome they’ve been in the past, but can’t understand why it’s not happening for them NOW.
Personal growth requires two things:
- Work mastery
- Self mastery
Knowing the work isn’t enough. You have to know yourself too to create habits that consistently set you up for success…
Your future success relies on your personal growth – you have to keep growing!
How to create consistency:
You might start with a clear purpose and know what you want to achieve. Personal motivation and enthusiasm usually kick starts you into action.
Motivation is what gets you going. This alone won’t keep you growing because it can soon disappear once things start to get harder. When this happens you have to dig deeper for your WHY and re-connect to your purpose to keep your motivation alive.
The more you understand WHY you want to do this, the more you are tuned in to your purpose, dedicated to growing towards it, and the greater your chances of success.
Know what motivates you and play to your motivational strengths when you’re stepping up to do the work each day (I motivate myself with a treat such as a walk when I’ve finished writing).
Get clear and then keep reconnecting to your purpose.
If you are inconsistent with your progress you’ll probably become impatient, you’ll make excuses and your motivation will be replaced with resistance and discouragement. It’s easy to let your good intentions slip or give up altogether.
- Begin from where you are and start with the basics.
- To gain momentum and increase motivation you need to break down big goals into small action steps that are doable.
- Focus on one step, then the next.
- Show up EVERY day – whether you feel like it or not.
- Consistency is the path that leads you from an idea/goal to your outcomes and results. Walk this path daily – make it a habit.
These small incremental steps guided by discipline are what keeps momentum flowing and leads to great things! Little and often is the key.
Successful people show up and do the tedious work when it needs to be done.
Getting into the habit of working through what needs to be done. You may not enjoy doing every aspect, but every step takes you closer to your outcome.
Find away to value the process. Appreciate every moment of the journey.
A common mistake is to attempt too much too soon in your haste to race to the finishing line. This affects your performance and your results fall short of your desired outcomes.
Be conscious of your performance and keep checking in on how you are doing and what you still need to learn. Believe me – you’re never done!
Feedback is a great tool. What are people saying about the work you’re doing? What do you need to stop doing?
It’s okay to do things imperfectly and learn as you grow.
Being consistent isn’t always easy. You have to learn and lean into it and make it part of your daily or weekly routine.
Where do you need to be more disciplined in your life?