Consistency is the key to success, they say. Show up, park your butt in the seat, and get to work. Do this every day for the next 5 years and you’ll go places.
Consistency is not the key, or the recipe, nor is it even an ingredient for success. There is a reason showing up and putting in the work every day leads to success, but it’s not what you think.
Consistency doesn’t look like this
Imagine waking up at 7:00 AM every day, pouring yourself a coffee, sitting down to your computer, writing 500 words about what you can see out your window, hitting publish on your blog, and then going about your day.
You repeat this process every day for the next five years. Is anything going to happen? Probably not. (I could be wrong, weirder things have gone viral.)
Yes, showing up every day and putting forth a good effort is part of consistency, but it’s not the most important part.
The most important part is you. Over the course of those five years, you will grow and change as a person. How you approach the work will also change.
This change is the end goal of consistency because…
Consistency normalizes the process
I find it strange that some men my age will spend their entire weekends playing video games. And yet, most “bros” probably find it strange that I wake up at 6:15 every day to write.
Consistency takes the weirdness out of your pursuit. Your ambitions require your obsession, and yes, it’s probably a bit strange. However, consistency normalizes the process.
Show up and get used to it.
By normalizing the process you learn to block out the doubters. By blocking out the doubters, you can now focus on the details.
And the details are everything…
Consistency uncovers the hidden nuances
When you show up every day, you notice things. You notice the small details of what works and what doesn’t work.
You notice times of peak performance, and you notice times when you just don’t have it.
The process you began with won’t be as simple as Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3. Consistency will uncover the substeps, intermediary stages, clauses, and inflection points.
As the process becomes more ingrained and the nuances revealed, then the magic happens…
Consistency teaches you new skills
Getting the job done isn’t enough anymore. Going from point A to point B is only half the journey.
Now new skills work their way into your repertoire. Writers learn to code. Coders learn to sell. Sellers learn to write.
As consistency strips away the distractions, reveals the hidden nuances, you collect new skills along the way. These skills help you to improve your process. The improved process yields better results. The better results lead to more consistency and the process keeps repeating itself.
Each iteration sharpens the blade. A sharper blade creates a braver warrior. A braver warrior seeks new challenges…
Consistency unveils opportunities
When you step into a new arena, you’re first struck by awe. You’ve made it. All those times you’ve shown up and put in the work has led to this moment.
But what is this moment? This challenge? It’s nothing more than another starting point. Another chance to take on new opportunities. Except for this time the stakes are higher and the rewards greater.
Consistency gets you places.
Suddenly, the old process isn’t enough anymore. You’ve changed. New challenges require a new version of yourself. Consistency has lead you here, to the point where you must decide how you’ll go on.
Consistency is sneaky. It forces you to adapt. Who will you be…
Consistency leads to adaptation
You’ve made it.
Is consistency the key to success? Well, I hope this article has shown you that consistency isn’t the recipe for success. You are.
Your growth, your adaptation, your abilities are what got you here. Showing up and consistently putting in the work helped, but ultimately it is you that matters.
Consistency is a microcosm of natural selection. You trim what doesn’t work. You hold onto what does. Eventually, you evolve into the species you’ve wanted to become all along.
Consistency is the act of going through a transformative process, not a static one.
Congratulations, now keep going.
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