Why you need to be consistent if you want to be successful

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Kevin Mangelschots

Have you ever wondered what the hidden key to success is? Why do some people just seem to radiate toward attainment and prosperity, while others seem destined to lose?

It’s not just being intelligent, hardworking, and adept at social networking. However, all those components are obviously of tremendous importance to succeed in life.

Rather, I would say that the invisible ingredient is consistency.

Let me explain why consistency and success go hand in hand.

Why consistency is the key to success

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A common argument that comes up from time to time is whether discipline or motivation is most important to become thriving.

I argue that consistency is the key to success. It sounds simple when I put it like this, but to be invariable with your efforts is quite hard in actual practice.

  • Consistency allows us to reach our goals, especially those that are long-term

    No matter how intelligent and hardworking we are, to become prosperous at something, we will need to put in a considerable amount of work hours and effort for a prolonged period. Especially if we want to become successful at something difficult, such as starting our own company or something similar. Goals that typically take a long time to achieve.

    This is where consistency comes into play. When our motivation starts to dwindle and make no mistake, it eventually will, it is up to our previously established, purposeful habits to get us through.

    I would say that remaining stable enhances all our other attributes. Properties like intelligence, being hardworking, and being competent at networking are multiplied by how accordant we are.

  • Consistency guarantees quality

    An illustration with a blue stick man going over the word “quality” with a magnifying glass.

    Just because you’ve made it to the top doesn’t mean you’ll get to stay there forever for free, never mind at all. Remember, the wolf on top of the hill is not as hungry as the wolf that’s still climbing the hill. And there are other people out there constantly chasing prosperity.

    To ensure continued success, one must guarantee the same quality that they applied and delivered to become thriving in the first place.

    Quality also refers to the fact that you shouldn’t spread yourself too thin. That’s because trying to do too many things all at once inevitably leads to a decrease in performance. Quite obviously, this doesn’t result in the largest amount of productivity.

How can I become more consistent?

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Figure out your motivation

Not only can figuring out other people’s intentions help you in your life, but understanding your motivation for wanting to make a positive change in your existence is important as well.

Questions such as, “Why do I want to become more consistent?” And “what will happen if I don’t become more consistent in the near and distant future?” These are all significant inquiries to decipher your desire for change.

However, I would say that increasing consistency is a good thing. Knowing why you want to alter this steadiness for the better will help light a much-needed fire under one’s behind.

Establish a schedule

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We can all learn to become more consistent over time if we adhere to a schedule.

Let’s face it. We human beings are terrible at negotiating with ourselves. Even though we can organize our day the way we want to, we still often get very few things done that we know we should do. Furthermore, we are frequently unsatisfied with our schedule, even after we’ve created it ourselves. Isn’t that weird?

That’s why we need to make a purposeful agenda that we can agree and be satisfied with. Changing our habits takes time and a conscious effort. Our program will serve as a plan, a tool to guide us that persists over time to get us to our end goal, which is becoming more consistent.

Furthermore, planning gives us a feeling of necessity. Sometimes, a little pressure from our schedule or other people is all we need to complete our task(s).

If you want an example of this, just take a look at how many people refrain from going to the gym on their own, yet still go fairly consistently when there’s a friend who’s constantly dragging them along. Possibly out of fright of being judged. But fear can be a powerful motivator indeed.

Be conscious of the positive changes you’ve made at first

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Habits that you’ve spent a lifetime creating will not be easily persuaded, broken, or modified for that matter.

Even if we desire to alter certain habits, like becoming more accordant for instance, our body and mind still strive for homeostasis unbeknownst to us.

Practically speaking, that means that we unconsciously maintain our current habits because we’ve been doing them for so long that they’ve become and feel natural to us.

That’s why we must be mindful of the changes we make at first. Be aware of the constructive changes you are making in your life.

Give yourself a pat on the back when doing well

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Since consistency breeds success, we must maintain the required motivation, discipline, and affirmative mindset to keep grinding.

There are two things we can do to change behavior, rewarding and punishing.

Punishing can, for example, be in the form of, “I’m not playing any video games until I’ve done my homework”, while rewarding, for instance, can look like, “I’ve hit the gym four times this week like I said I would, so now I get a little treat as a reward.”

However, it should be noted that avoiding punishment is a form of reward in itself.

We are often hard on ourselves. Sometimes even unnecessarily tough. We can be our own harshest critics indeed. It’s good to remind ourselves from time to time that we also need to take the time to give ourselves a pat on the back when we’re doing well. We are all deserving of a little positivity, certainly from ourselves, for all our hard work and a job well done.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What does being consistent mean?

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Being consistent can be defined as doing or acting the same way over prolonged periods of time.

It means that your actions persist and retain the same quality and keep unchanged accuracy. In other words, similar behavior to your previously displayed conduct.

Final note

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Consistency is the key to success. Sounds easy enough, right? However, it is not that simple to carry out.

People have multiple motivational systems working at the same time. One part of you wants immediate, short-term gratification in the form of a reward, while another part of you wants to be lazy and do absolutely nothing. Another part of you knows and wants you to delay the instant gratification because it knows that it’s necessary to become booming.

Keep in mind that success is not just material wealth which is often portrayed in the media. One can become prospering at everything they put their mind to if they decide to be, and more importantly, remain consistent.