Have you ever had trouble following through? Consistency is the art of maintaining certain behaviors, attitudes and activities and being able to follow through until tasks or habits are achieved successfully. I have come across very many people who have the passion and potential it takes to get something done, but they really struggle to follow through to completion. Such habits include praying, going to church, reading the Bible, being gentle and kind, working/ studying hard et cetera.
Consistency applies in very many aspects of our lives. These areas include spirituality, business and career, relationships, personal growth et al. This means that to be able to see goals and plans to fruition, one is expected to maintain a certain standard of behavior to ensure that they do not lose focus. If you struggle to remain consistent, you are not alone. And the good news is that just like any other good habit, consistency can be learnt if one is patient enough.
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Following through positive habits and attitudes requires a very high level of discipline. This involves assertiveness and self-control. If, for example, you have realized that you’re regularly late for appointments and you decide to develop a habit of waking up early, intense discipline will be required of you. Sleep is sweet, and it takes a very determined person to not allow sleep to derail him/ her from their goal. This means that for the next several days, you will have to rise up earlier than normal, as difficult as it might be. With time, the brain and body adjust to the pattern and the habit of waking up early is developed.
This is easier said than done. Some habits are easy to master or to stop. Nevertheless, for some, one fails over and over again at becoming completely consistent. However, with patience and determination, they eventually master the art of consistency in the desired areas. For many projects that do not succeed, whether personal or corporate, there is a problem with remaining consistent.
Most times, someone is completely excited and motivated about the idea they have and about building it up to something tangible. It is important to note that it’s not every day that one wakes up motivated and prepared to face the hassles and tassels of life. While you desire to achieve something in one area, something might come up in another area and completely demotivate you. This is where discipline comes in. No matter how unmotivated you feel, you have to remain disciplined to follow through whatever is expected of you to achieve a certain goal.
Many success stories of great world changers have a lot of failing over and over again and never giving up. We are no exception. While we dedicate our plans and desires to God, we have to do our part so that He blesses to work of our hands. Ask God to increase your willpower when you feel demotivated, give yourself time to master the art, make an effort to reward yourself even on small wins and set realistic goals. Consistency is achievable!