That’s it. It’s very simple. And very hard.
There is something very old fashioned about consistency. It brings to mind my grandpa, day in day out, putting on his hat and his overcoat and going to work. Or my grandmother, always in her apron, making us ham and jello with celery in it. Or my father, meticulously grooming our lawn on Saturday mornings.
In fact, when I think of consistency, I notice my mind goes back a generation, because looking around it is harder to find.
Nowadays, we can make a meal in a minute, send a text in seconds, buy a gift with a click of a mouse.
What is the cost of doing more things less well?
We have the attention span of a cocker spaniel, and lose focus very, very easily. We want things RIGHT THIS MINUTE. We attempt to forgo the process for the results.
The cost is loss of character.
Woody Allen said “90% of life is just showing up.”
Consistency is just showing up.
You may not bat 1000 every time, but at least step up to the plate. And step up as often as you can.
Consistency, and not force, will get you where you want to go (remember the tortise and the hare?)