The consistency conundrum

Updated: Feb 20, 2020

My friend Vicky is, quite simply, amazing. First of all, she's one of the most abundantly joyful people you'll ever meet. But that's not why I'm writing about her (today). She's amazing because she is developing a most uncanny ability to stay committed to a cause. To her cause. Last night we were together with a group of friends and as we wrapped up she casually mentioned she's had 53 days in a row of intentional exercise. 53 days! As someone who struggles to stay committed to one thing for even 53 minutes, I am suitably impressed. She decided, 53 days ago, that she would get intentional exercise every day.

And then she did.

A couple of years ago, this same Vicky decided that she would be debt-free within 24 months. Can you guess what happened 24 months later? No debt. Shocking, right? It sounds so simple:

Decide, do, decide, do, repeat...

But you and I both know it is not quite that simple. Consistency is like a secret weapon that enables us to achieve, to conquer, to overcome. While big dreams of an epic accomplishment might get us started, it's consistency that keeps us going (and maybe I'd add a large dose of courage to that too, but that's for another day). This secret weapon works in art, academics, food, exercise, relationships, work...literally every single area of life where we've seen change (or want to see change) has been fueled by consistency. Most of the good things we experience in life come because of our choice to be consistent. Including managing people.

When I work with CEOs and Managers, the overwhelming "one thing" that needs to change, is their commitment to consistency.

Consistency enabled Anne Sullivan to teach Helen Keller to communicate.