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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The Profound Power of Consistency

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

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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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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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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 consistent and regular in your habit.
  • The progress is visible and is multiplying your force.
  • You stay motivated and enthusiastic, making daily incremental efforts.

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The Power of Creative Momentum

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Conventional wisdom states that strong habits improve our productivity. Daily habits done in an autopilot mode are not the only route to peak performance.

While our habits help us stick to good behaviour by automatic decision making. That’s not to say that your habit streak should never be broken, even if the reason is substantially good.

Our habits can do with a certain flexibility, and consistent behaviour, even after the goal is accomplished.

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5 reasons why you might want to rethink your daily habits - RescueTime

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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 when you don't feel like it, is literally all you need to become better 99% of the time.

It doesn't matter what you are trying to become better at, if you only do the work when you’re motivated, then you’ll never be consistent enough to become a professional.

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The Difference Between Professionals and Amateurs

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