Struggling with Consistency?

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

I struggle with consistency.  Do you?  You may not have given in yet, you may be plugging along, but you have something that you just don’t want to do, at least not in the timeframe you know you should!

I am wrestling with having to write every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Why?  Well, because I started to write on these days and know that I should keep my blog consistent.  Everybody who is anybody – Publishers, authors, other blog writers, marketers, and publicists – will tell you this.  What will really happen if on one of these days I do not write??  Well, I haven’t tried, so I cannot tell you for sure, but I suspect the earth will not cave in and the sun will still rise and probably most of my readers won’t even know I missed a beat.  HOWEVER, I will know that I missed a day and that will really bother me!  And it may be the start of a slippery downward slide.

Consistency is synergistic.  For example the more you exercise, the more you WANT to exercise – because you look and feel good, have more energy, and think clearer.  The more you produce, the more you want to produce – because it feels good to be rewarded with praise, money, likeability, etc.

I recently read a great post about Jerry Seinfeld sharing a key suggestion with a then-budding comedian, now-Software developer Brad Isaac, which changed his life and upped his consistency monumentally.  You can find the full post on Life Hacker.com  Essentially Seinfeld shares his secret to consistent writing: a big wall calendar that has the whole year on one page hanging prominently on his wall.  Next get a big red marker; each day you complete the task of writing you get to X off the day; after a few days you will have a chain going.  After a week or two of consistent daily writing you will have a long enough chain that you will have a strong innate urge to keep going because no one wants to “break the chain.”  Jerry’s parting words were, “Don’t break the chain.”

Isaac says, “It works because it isn’t the one-shot pushes that get us where we want to go, it is the consistent daily action that builds extraordinary outcomes.”  As the saying goes, ‘inch by inch; anything’s a cinch.’

Skipping one day, makes it easier to skip the next.  Skipping the next makes it harder to start the next.

So, no matter what you are struggling to start or keep on keeping on: START TODAY and then………Don’t break the chain!

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