To some degree we are all creatures of habit. Typically, when we awake, we do the same thing each morning. Me? I always wake up first, pop right up, make my way to the kitchen, grab a glass of water and make a pot of coffee. When my husband wakes, he and the dog (who waits to get up until the last human is outta bed) come walking down the hallway. Our dog always greets me first – basically because the dog wakes up perkier, and then hubby comes to give me a kiss.
That consistency develops security.
In fact, consistency is a powerful tool. It’s the foundation of habits – both good and bad.
Think about it. Positive consistency is the building block for so many important elements of success. It requires integrity, honesty, respect and a loyalty that can others can take to the bank.
In a relationship – It builds trust, security, and establishes a trustworthy reputation
In a business – It builds credibility
The beautiful union between consistency in words, and consistency in actions, results in integrity.
There’s no question – we all love excellence and work performed beyond expectations. But even a middle-of-the-row worker who is consistent, and does his job well, is considered more valuable to an organization than an employee who is brilliant and unreliable. Consistency is crucial. And, it helps to build momentum, which is a vital element for achieving goals.
Years ago, I heard about a simple practice that Jerry Seinfeld attributed to his success. He developed a habit of writing consistently every day by using a paper calendar to build momentum. Each day when Jerry wrote, he would place a big “X” across the day’s box. After a short time, he noticed that he was literally building a chain of X’s and he set his mind to not break the chain. This consistency resulted in a habit that Jerry credits as an integral part of his success.
Below is a 100-day chart that you, too can use to track your consistency towards a goal. Your goal might be writing, exercising, quiet time or something even simpler (but important to you) like writing down your food or encouraging a spouse. Use it as you will! In a way in which it helps you.
Click here for the printable: Keep the Chain Going!
Recently, my little world has been turned upside down by a family illness. Schedules changed, plans are cancelled and emotions are running patterns crazier than a football team! Consistency is “out the window” and life has established a “new normal.” Did you notice when life changes drastically we call it a “new normal?” It’s because we crave consistency. We want to know what we can expect.
Thankfully, we have a God that offers consistency. He never changes. And when life throws us a curve-ball we can have consistency in who God is. He is good. He is kind. He is loving. He is patient. He never changes. We can count on that!
And consistency brings peace. And comfort. When life is topsy turvy, Jesus is not. He is right there beside me and you. He cares deeply.
So, I’d like to challenge you to print the 100-day chart and practice being consistent. If you break the chain of “X’s” don’t fret – you’re not being graded! You’re developing a pattern. So much of life is about the journey – not the destination.
Keep your eye on the ball and develop consistency. Before you know it – you will build momentum and be well on your way to your goal!
Be blessed my friend!
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