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The Profound Power of Consistency

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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The Profound Power of Consistency

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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.

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.

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. 

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.

Consistency amplifies skill level

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

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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Consistency matters more than frequency

We usually make effort unsustainable. For example:

  • We work out like crazy for a few days (usually at the beginning of the year) and never go back to the gym.
  • We try to meditate for 30 mins one day and don’t give it another shot until 10 days later

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Identity-based Habits
To build the identity of the person you want to become, ask yourself what the behavior of a person who has the habit you want to develop is. For example:
  • What is the behavior a person who is in shape? They go to the gym consistently
  • What is the behavior of a prolific writer? They crack open a notebook every day.

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