CONSISTENCY IS KEY

I began blogging on November 30, 2018, and to be honest, consistency is one of the most challenging part of my blogging journey so far. I could go on a break now because of school examination or mental breakdown and then, it lasts for months because I have to fully focus on them, coming back to continue blogging is damn crazy. It’s hard to get back on track. The temptation, laziness, procrastination hits deep. Omo. Using mobile phone to blog is very stressful 😭 and for me, it is so discouraging but las las, I have to do with what I have. (p.s: it would feel so great, getting blessed with a laptop or tab or something like that, basically something that can reduce the stress 😩). Being a Nigerian Public University student alongside a Blogger/Writer is so draining!! I’ve experienced these lots of time and that’s why I would like to discuss on consistency.

Firstly, Consistency is everything, and it is the root to everything. Consistency is referred to as adherence to the same principles in a steadfast way. If you want to achieve something of value and meaning in your life, then you need to be consistent. This holds true, in school, business, work, friendship and relationship too.

If something isn’t working in your life, ask yourself, “Have I been giving it consistent attention, energy and time?”

God is an excellent example of Consistency.
God provides us with our daily needs, for example, the air we breathe, shelter, food and finances.
Miraculously, God makes us sleep and wake up daily and healthy. God changes season and day into night and vice versa.
Every day, God makes the flower open, the bird sing, the river flow and the sun set.
God always forgive us our iniquities.
Jesus is always right by our side every time of every day. He watches over us daily. He’s too faithful to fail us. The best thing about all this is that God is always there for us. God is so good!!
That’s why we can say that God is perfect as well as his son, Jesus.
Do you know why? Because their 100% consistency leads to perfection.

One example, is Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter.

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American Singer, Songwriter, Record producer, Dancer, Actress and Filmmaker. She achieved fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the R&B group, Destiny Child, and then launched a successful solo career. Her success during the 2000s was recognized with the RIAA’s Top Certified Artist of the Decade, as well as Billboard’s Top Female Artist of the Decade. Asides her music, she’s been successful in acting and with her clothing line; Ivy Park.

Another example is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

Robyn Rihanna Fenty: (born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian Pop and R&B Singer who became a worldwide star in the early 21st Century, known for her distinctive and versatile voice and for her fashionable appearance. She is also an actress, businesswoman and philanthropist. From the success of her music career, to building her cosmetic line (Fenty beauty), her lingerie line (Savage×Fenty), etc. She’s now a billionaire in 2021!!

The Kardashians are another example.

The Kardashians have been consistent with been in the spotlight over the past decades, from the succession of their reality TV show, KUTWK to building their individual careers and flourishing in it.

Why do people struggle with Consistency?
There are several reasons which includes:
•Lack of Patience
•Desire for instant gratification
•Lack of clarity and focus
•Not having supporting habits or triggers.
•Having a “all or nothing” mindset.

HOW TO IMPLEMENT CONSISTENT PRACTICES:

Pray for God’s Grace: It is the grace of God that will thrive you throughout your career and also speak for you. There are times when you won’t feel like working or you just want to give up, pray for the Grace of God to keep going.

Create specific and realistic goals: It’s hard to be consistent when you don’t have a strong idea of what you need to do. When starting your new path, create easy, simple and sustainable goals with specific measurable results. Start by defining what consistency means to you. Once you’ve identified your end goal, come up with smaller steps to reach it. Take everything one day at a time.

Practice! Practice! Practice! Continuous practice leads to Consistency. We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day. ~Richard G. Scott

•Create a schedule for yourself: It can be easy to pile on tasks and promises, but a calendar, planner, or schedule will keep you on track. Don’t forget to plan in breaks as well. Be ruthless with your time. Not everyone and everything should have your time. As a blogger, dedicate days and time to write, type, edit and publish and stick to it.

•Work Smart: An important part of you being consistent in whatever you do in life, is working smart. Go for higher playing role. One good role that can pay your bills.

•Run at your pace: Pace yourself to avoid burn out. If it means doing one video or blog post in a week or month, make sure it is a bomb.

•Be patient. Stop over analysis and over thinking. Believe in yourself love.

•Make promises only if you can keep them.

•Reward yourself when you get something done.

•Place reminders around your home, workspace, and belongings. Attach messages to yourself in visible areas.

MAINTAINING CONSISTENCY

•Keep going, even if you make mistakes: Even the most consistent and well-organized people, slip up sometimes. Plan for a potential future, and don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake along the way. Sometimes, despite our best planning, external factors can get in the way.

•Take time off to recharge: Consistency doesn’t mean that you are working all the time. Take calculated breaks. In fact, if you give yourself time off, you’ll improve your productivity.

•Use Motivational tools to keep going even when you don’t feel like it: Remind yourself of the long-term benefits whenever you feel unmotivated. Read over your list of goals for Inspiration.

•Hold yourself accountable: To be consistent, you have to make sure that you recognize when you don’t reach the standards and goals that you’ve set. Ask a friend, family member, mentor, or coworker to be your accountability partner.

•Increase your impact on delegate: Assign people to help you and make use of apps too.

CHANGE YOUR THINKING

•Give yourself time to see changes: Whenever you try to establish new habits, understand that it can take time. Instead of uprooting your life with several new practices at once, give yourself time to figure out what works.

•Set Boundaries for your commitments and personal relationships

•Build your willpower: Consistency requires willpower to succeed because consistency tends to lean towards performing even when you don’t feel like it. To accomplish that, you need adequate willpower.

Eliminate Negative Thinking: Pay attention to negative thought patterns that will hinder you in the future, and when you do notice these negative thought patterns, turn them around or introduce a more positive born neutral thought.

•Love and enjoy the process: When you are happy in what you do, you’ll be more energetic, passionate and optimistic to keep going. Forgive yourself for not being consistent enough. It is good to be ambitious but do not be too hard on yourself. Life can get on the way of our productivity, and that is natural. Moreover, Life is a journey. So, love and enjoy the process.

Why do we need to be Consistent?
•It gives meaning to your life and helps you birth meaningful goals.
•It helps you build momentum.
•Your productivity and self- assertiveness increases significantly, and you’re constantly motivated to keep going, and do better every time.

SELF-DISCIPLINE ➡ CONSISTENCY ➡ EXCELLENCE

Success does not come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently. Consistency in whatever you are doing is highly crucial. To get the expected desired result in something, consistency is key.

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