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The Profound Power of Consistency

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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The Profound Power of Consistency

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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.

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 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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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.
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  • Some of our daily to-dos should not require a constant daily effort and could be optimized further. Look for such habits and if the daily effort is straining you, look for other innovative solutions.

  • Time and Energy are limited resources, and as we grow, our habits may become obsolete. We could use the same time and energy to explore new and better options.

  • It is a good idea to pay attention to where we spend our time and see if there is something we do daily but have outgrown long ago.

Consistency and Boredom

Being consistent can also lead to burnout and lack of growth, and to be creative and innovative, we sometimes need a break from our daily activity. When we stop and do something new, we start to be part of a creative process, instead of simply repeating the same thing every day.

The key is to not rely on a rigid consistency but to be resilient enough to withstand any breaks. Our resilient habits are usually the old ones and have some psychological rewards while involving some external accountability. 

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Professionals Vs. Amateurs

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

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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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