“Success is all about consistency around the fundamentals.” – Robin Sharma.
Consistency matters! In my practice, I often stress the value of sticking to positive habits for confidence, well-being, and health. While intensity gets attention, long-term success often comes from being consistent. It may not be as flashy, but ‘consistency over intensity’ is a crucial principle for lasting success. Let’s explore this a little more.
Consistency is a cornerstone of personal development, professional growth, and achieving medium and long-term goals. One of the key advantages lies in the establishment of positive habits. When actions are repeated, they become ingrained in our routines, leading to lasting behavioural changes. Whether pursuing a fitness regimen, learning a new skill, developing a relationship or working towards a career goal, the cumulative impact of consistent effort cannot be overstated.
“Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity.” – Bruce Lee
Consider a fitness journey, for instance. While an intense workout might offer a temporary adrenaline rush, a regular exercise routine improves strength, stamina, endurance and overall health. The body adapts and develops through consistent, repeated efforts, proving the adage that “slow and steady wins the race.”
Consistency plays a pivotal role in professional endeavours and development. Employees who consistently deliver high-quality work and meet deadlines are often recognised and rewarded in the workplace. Reliability and dependability build trust, establishing a foundation for long-term success. Instead of relying on occasional bursts of productivity, a sustained work ethic creates a track record of accomplishment that speaks volumes. Similarly, persistence in up-skilling and acquiring expertise contributes to confidence and the ability to fulfil obligations.
In contrast, relying solely on intensity may result in burnout or fatigue, jeopardising the longevity of one’s pursuits. Intense work may yield quick wins (even results), but the gains are often short-lived without a sustainable and consistent approach.
Moreover, ‘consistency over intensity’ aligns with learning and skill development principles. Whether mastering a musical instrument, acquiring a new language, or honing a craft, regular practice and engagement lead to gradual improvement. The consistent effort into refining skills over time becomes the bedrock of expertise.
Similarly, this principle applies to cementing relationships. Just as we diligently create and adhere to an investment and savings plan to enhance our financial portfolio and anticipate returns, a parallel effort is required for relationships. Consistent investment in our connections, with those close to us and those on the periphery, forms a robust network and support system. This not only shields us from the stresses and demands of life but also equips us to face challenges with resilience.
For good health, it’s essential to follow this rule. Many people struggle to stay consistent in managing their health and taking prescribed treatments, and more than half of patients often miss their medication, causing prolonged suffering. The key to getting back to good health is being consistent with your lifestyle and, when sick, staying persistent and disciplined with necessary treatments, including medication and health-promoting activities.
It’s essential to acknowledge that consistency does not imply monotony or lack of innovation. Instead, it emphasises a balanced and persistent approach to progress. Intensity can undoubtedly be a catalyst for change, but sustaining that change becomes challenging without the foundation of consistency.
In conclusion, the power of consistency serves as a timeless and straightforward principle applicable across various facets of life. Whether in health management, personal growth, professional endeavours, or skill development, the steady and unwavering commitment to consistent effort lays the groundwork for enduring success. Embracing this mantra encourages a holistic perspective, reminding us that, in the journey of achieving our goals, it’s not just about how fast we move but how steadfastly we move forward.
More food for thought:
“I accumulated small but consistent habits that ultimately led to results that were unimaginable when I started.” – James Clear
© Dr Roshan Jain 26 Jan 2024