One of our greatest challenges is how to stick with our actions long enough to experience the potential benefits. Creating consistency is key, yet lack of consistency kills multitudes of goals and dreams. Furthermore, a lack of consistency sabotages many New Year’s Resolutions even though they are set with great intent. Unless you discover and embody the art of creating consistency in your life, you will potentially fall short in your goals and aspirations. So, take a moment and consider what area of your life you would like to be more consistent in? What behaviour would you like to turn into a helpful habit? Here is a method for you to achieve consistency using a strategy originally attributed to Seinfeld.Clear evidence of creating consistency with behaviours is seen in the sporting arena Click To Tweet
Evidence of consistency is clearly witnessed in gold medal resulting performances
A simple analogy where we see the results of creating consistency in performance is with top athletes. Athletes know exactly what tasks, behaviours and mental techniques are required. Day in and day out they train deliberately and purposefully. They are masters in creating consistency in their training, the pre-requisite of winning performances. Gold medals, races won and standing ovations in the performing arts are the end result of consistency. Furthermore, we see the glory but don’t fully appreciate the full story. The hours, days and months of training. They have mastered the art of creating consistency in all they do. This includes ensuring their environment supports their outcomes.
Good habits of showing up, goal-oriented practice, consistent training and a positive mindset are vital to achieving top results. Without good habits, the battles between motivation and lethargy win over discipline and persistence.
A powerful technique that athletes use frequently is that of mental rehearsal and visualisation. Michael Phelps, the legendary Olympic swimmer cites this as a powerful weapon in his quest to create winning performances. Imagine if we embraced this technique in our business and workplaces. What opportunities could open up if we treated our potential business wins as if they were gold medal equivalents? Sadly, most of us don’t.
Failure in creating consistency with our actions sabotages our goals
You only have to read the statistics, or look around at people you know, including perhaps your own life? Whether truly accurate or not, the statistics indicate that ninety-eight percent of diets fail. Around ninety-three percent of New Year’s resolutions fail and only one out of nine people achieve their goals. While there are many factors, including our natural tendency to move away from pain and towards pleasure now rather than delaying reward, lack of consistency is the ultimate problem. Furthermore, science has clearly shown the incredible power of consistency. A famous NASA ‘Goggles’ experiment clearly illustrates why it is so critical to be consistent.
So, here is a novel way to challenge yourself in a new strategy to build your vital habit of creating consistency in your actions.
This particular strategy to not break the chain was originally attributed to Jerry Seinfeld. It was taken from a conversation he had with a young comic actor. However, I have read, he has disputed this! Now, whether or not he did, nevertheless it is a great strategy and has a powerful message for all of us to be more consistent and accomplish even greater things in our lives.
A New Focused Way for Creating Consistency
Jerry Seinfeld is an illustration of the results of his desire to excel in acting and of being consistent. He has been entertaining and creating performances at a level most of us wish we could bring to areas of our lives. So, as the story goes, one day, Brad Isaac, a young comedian, found himself in a club where Jerry Seinfeld was performing. Isaac asked him if he had any tips for a young comic. Seinfeld’s response was:
‘The way to be a better comic is to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes is to write every day’.
Seinfield apparently told him to get a big wall calendar with the entire year on one page, and to hang it on a prominent wall. Then to get a big red magic marker and every day I do my task of writing I put a big red X on that day.
Focus on repetition and the chain will grow longer
By continuing with this, after a few days, you will have a chain. If you stick at it the chain will grow longer and longer. Then you will like seeing the chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Seinfeld advised there was one important step
‘Don’t break the chain.’
The key behind this strategy and the accompanying success is to pick a task that is meaningful enough for you to make a difference but easy enough so you can get it done. Not too hard, not too easy. More importantly, as you stick with it you start to prove to yourself that you are the type of person who can do the things you say you will. As you tick your wins off you feel good, which helps you keep in momentum. This is the way for creating consistency.Pick a task that is meaningful enough to make a difference but easy enough so you can get it done. Click To Tweet
Pick a task that is easy enough so you can get it done
- To embrace exercise into your life, start with ten minutes a day. Easy to do.
- If you want more clients, contact one person every day rather than ten people on Friday. This makes it much easier.
- Stressed? How much easier is it to stop every hour and breathe consciously for one minute rather than trying to schedule thirty minutes of meditating into your day?
More importantly, remember not to break the chain. If you skip one day, never skip two. Otherwise, it becomes easier to quit. When you commit to not breaking the chain it puts your focus on this rather than the task. Start super small, even if it feels too easy. Stick with it and you will soon become a master in the art of creating consistency in your behaviours. This is how to set yourself up for success and create consistent small wins.
When you don’t break the chain you create small wins
Once a small win has been accomplished, forces are set in motion that favour another small victory.’ Cornell professor wrote in 1984.
Furthermore, small wins create consistency of habits and compound into big results. As you run your life between forty-five and ninety-percent by your habits, this is what you want to focus on. Habits are automatic and run in your subconscious mind. Consequently, when you revert to running on auto-pilot you will have helpful habits established.
Lastly, the only thing left is for you to choose what new action would make the biggest impact on your life were you to work on it every day. Write it on your calendar today. Start earning your own big red X now. And remember, just don’t break the chain!
About the Author
Mandy’s focus is to help people understand how their mind works and what drives them in their life. Secondly, to equip people with powerful mind tools and winning strategies for creating lasting transformations and extraordinary results professionally and personally. And of course, creating consistency in their lives.
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