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The Profound Power of Consistency

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The Profound Power of Consistency
If there's one piece of advice that I could offer any aspiring creative, it's this. Develop a habit of consistently doing something. It doesn't matter what it is, how small or how big it is. It can be as simple as going for a walk or meditating for 2 minutes.

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The power of consistency

... is profound and underrated. Little things done repeatedly lead to big changes in our lives.

If you can learn to do something consistently, you'll believe that you’re completely capable of changing your behavior.

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Inconsistency and confidence

Doing a little consistently is always going to be more effective than doing a lot but inconsistently.

Inconsistency will most likely kill your confidence and your ability to succeed in a creative career or any creative endeavor.

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Consistency creates momentum

Momentum is based on the idea that an object in motion stays in motion.

  • It’s more effective to write 200 words every day than it is to write 1000 words once a week
  • We’re better off practicing an instrument for 15 minutes every day than we are an hour once a week.

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Consistency increases your willpower

Having something that you do every single day actually reduces decision fatigue and increases your willpower.

For example, if you eat the same breakfast every day, you will not waste your willpower figuring out what you want to eat for breakfast. 

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Consistency shapes your identity

Consistency helps turn habits into a part of your identity.

If you're consistent, whatever you’re doing goes from being an item on your to-do list to a part of who you are. This relates to the formation of identity-based habits.

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Consistency amplifies skill level

With consistency, we move from a place of conscious incompetence to unconscious competence.

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The myth of Superhuman discipline

The truth is that almost nobody has superhuman discipline.

The discipline to do something on a consistent basis is a learned skill. It’s a lifelong work in progress that that requires constant iteration and experimentation.

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Creative Momentum

It happens when your habit has overcome the initial inertia and is now in constant motion, with positive results visible. Creative momentum is possible when:

  • You are consist...

An Unstoppable Force

Creative momentum happens when using the combination of consistency, progress and motivation, you go from being an immovable object to an unstoppable force.

Your transformation leads to a ripple effect and impacts other aspects of your life. Your consistent work starts to resonate and after the momentum is built, you can start to leverage the benefits and reap the rewards.

Leveraging The Power Of Creative Momentum

  • Take the minimum first steps towards your positive habit, no matter how small.
  • Honour your commitments by doing what is possible to be done, and to reinforce your habit by affirmative action.
  • Measure your progress using a whiteboard or a tracking app.

Professionals Vs. Amateurs

Professionals stick to the schedule, amateurs let life get in the way.

The ability to show up every day and to stick to the schedule, and do the work, especially wh...

The Pain of Being A Pro

Most of the time we are inconsistent. And if we do manage to start a habit and try keeping up with it, there will be days when we'll feel like quitting.

Stepping up when it's annoying or painful or draining to do so, that’s what makes the difference between a professional and an amateur.

Being A Pro

It means making time for what matters to you and having the discipline to commit to what is important to you instead of merely saying something is important to you.

It's about starting when you feel like stopping because your goal is important enough to you that you don't simply work on it when it's convenient. 

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Making Your Habits Stick

To make any habit stick in the long-term (keystone or not), do it regularly. 

The more often you do the habit, the more you'll get used to it, and eventually, you'll do it wi...

Keep Track Of Your Habit Every Day

It helps to know how often you’re succeeding (or not). Use whatever works for you: pen and paper of habit tracking apps.

A simple way to keep track of your progress is to mark each day you complete your habit on a calendar.

Start Small

Do the minimum you can and be consistent in your behavior.

To create a new habit, you must first simplify the behavior.  A good tiny behavior is easy to do — and fast.