Consistency is Key

Updated: Oct 10, 2021

Dear Vibrant Young Mind,

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Whether it is personal or professional, our lives are defined by the habits we have. The good ones, the ones that nurture growth, can light a path towards progress, however, the bad ones, which limit us, can light up a different path leading to stagnation. Our habits are inherently very powerful, but rather hard to control. They cannot be made or destroyed but learning how to gain control over them—whether good or bad—can help us mold ourselves into the people we want to become.

It's important to understand how these habits form. Are we just born with them? Are they imbibed into us from a young age? Are they taught to us? In most instances, they are merely a product of our behavior, slowly building up after multiple repeated instances until we perform those behaviours almost subconsciously. The key here is the ‘multiple repeated instances’ otherwise coined as the term ‘consistency.’

It seems rather easy, promising ourselves to be consistent, the hard part lies in following through on this promise. This is because keeping consistent, especially with “good” habits takes effort and is possibly time-consuming. These are two things human nature always shys away from. This is why procrastination and laziness can play the devil’s advocate to consistency. “I will do it tomorrow,” “It’s not that important,” “I’m tired.” We all have made these excuses before, they seem almost inevitable but pushing past these thoughts and working even when we don’t want to stick to a schedule or a routine is what makes us consistent. It’s what makes us progress and form habits.

“Consistency is far better than rare moments of greatness.” — Scott Ginsberg