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Consistency – Key!

Writing daily for the past 94 days, I think reflecting on the law of consistency is worth doing. When I began my 100-day writing challenge, I was full of motivation and I felt that that is just what I need to succeed. But the truth is that my motivation did not reach day 20 before it began to wean. I wanted to give up, but then I realized that I could still continue the challenge if I follow discipline rather than motivation. It was not late to relaize that consistency is the key.

I am still a big fan of motivation. Everyone surely needs a bit of that to keep moving, to remain inspired. But the truth is that when it comes to leadership and personality development, motivation simply gets you started, but discipline keeps you growing. It does not matter how talented you are, who is your coach or where you graduated from. If you want to grow, consistency is the key.

How to develop consistency in your goals

If you want to be more disciplined and consistent in your goals, you need to become more disciplined and consistent in your growth. In the Catholic seminaries, there is what is called auto-formation. This is the act of disciplining yourself according to the norms of the seminary without anyone policing you or monitoring you because outside the seminary, there will be no formator there to check on you. Growth in your personal development is more like auto-formation that requires discipline and consistency. How can you do that? Take some time and consider the following points.

  1. Know where to direct our determination

To avoid misplacement of priority, you have got to know exactly where you are directing your determination to. Does that place match your desired goal? Some people what to improve their reading skill, but do not move their determination towards that goal.

Focus daily on the area you want to grow. From there you can expand yourself. When you expand yourself, you expand your horizon, your opportunities and your potentials. You don’t become an expert keyboardist by playing once, you need to be consistent with your practice.

2. Know how you are supposed to improve

Well, it is easier to know what to improve; the problem lies in knowing how to improve what you want to improve.

Let your motivation match with your personality: Not everyone gets motivated the same way. A choleric and a phlegmatic will react differently in motivation. To give yourself a better chance towards consistency, leverage your motivation with personality type. You have to know yourself to grow yourself.

For a phlegmatic, find value in what you do. The weak point of the phlegmatic is inertia and this can be overcome by seeing value in what he/she chooses to do. When a phlegmatic finds value in what he/she does, such a person can be one of the most tenacious types of persons.

The choleric like taking charge and making quick decisions, and have the weak point of not participating actively in anything g they feel they are not in charge in. For growth, a choleric should see his personal development as something he/she is in charge of and the focus on it.

The sanguine, fun-loving and very social kind of person has a weak point of losing focus easily. Such a person can motivate himself by making fun or a game out of his personal growth. It might help if such a person gives himself/herself rewards for it a gradual success.

Finally, melancholic. Attention to details id their strength, but they are also perfectionists. To motivate themselves they need to focus beyond the fear of mistakes and employ joy in learning at each point and understand that they cannot be perfect just by one trial.

Start simple, not complex: If you want to gain momentum, begin with simple goals that are worthwhile but highly achievable. Master the basics; practise the steps gradually and consistently. You want to improve your reading skill, you can begin with a reading task of two pages per day. Gradually improve it to 5 pages, 10 and even more. John Maxwell rightly noted that small disciplines repeated with daily consistency lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.

Be patient: In this age of fast-food, fast-internet, and all that, we tend to become very impatient people. But we must learn to have patience. All things are difficult before they became easy. Everything worthwhile takes a little time and dedication.

Value process: The process might be difficult, but you have to enjoy the process of growth. It might take time, but it is worthwhile. You can visualize tomorrow using it as motivation to grow, but if you want to actually grow, your focus needs to be on today. Remember the old hymn that says, “one day at a time…”. Pause and reflect.

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