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How To Build Consistency Without Knowing

People daily tell others, including themselves, to be consistent with what they do, which is good, but no one has mentioned how can I be consistent?

This is a question most writers have to answer.

How can you really be consistent?

In an attempt to answer this, people say keep doing what you are doing daily and consistence would happen with time, that’s true but there is more.

Now let’s discuss “How To Build Consistency Without Knowing”

Strange right? Stick with me on this.

Consistency is beyond doing something everyday. Yes it sure helps to do it everyday to get better.

But doing something everyday doesn’t automatically mean you are consistent in it. Some things are bound to be done daily.

For instance you take your bath daily, health wise it’s mandatory for one to bath daily, you then can’t say you are consistent with bathing, or can you?

Consistency is doing something you normally won’t do regularly with a goal in mind. Dentist recommend we brush twice a day, but most people do it just once. You can decide to brush every night before going to bed, that’s more challenging than brushing in the morning, which is normal.

When you brush at night without fail, then we can boldly assert you have been consistent with brushing. Hope you are getting my point?

Now let’s switch to writers. You probably have heard you need to write every day to be consistent. True but that would only make you a good writer and not a productive one.

Take a walk through people’s Facebook timeline, a lot of them are consistently writing around the clock, but does this make them productive writers? Of course not.

Building consistency is not just writing but focused writing. I started a series over 90 weeks ago, I post on it weekly not daily. If you were to judge consistency based on daily input, I had failed but it’s more than that.

The goal in consistency is doing something extra more often than others until it becomes part and parcel of your being. Now that’s consistency, don’t you think so?

Scroll through people’s Facebook timeline, a lot of them are consistently writing around the clock, but does this make them productive writers? Of course not.

Building consistency is not just about writing but focused writing.

I started a series over a year ago, I post on it weekly not daily. If you were to judge consistency based on daily input, I had failed but it’s more than that.

The goal in consistency is doing something extra more often than others until it becomes part and parcel of your being. Now that’s consistency, don’t you think so?

How can you build consistency without knowing? Below are three vital keys that would help you do that.

Have a Goal

Consistency is hinged on a goal. A goal to brush every night before bed, a goal to call someone every week, a goal to write one thousand words per week etc. If your goal is strong enough, it would be your motivation to constantly do it. Have a clear goal and consistence would happen with time.

Set a Time.

A goal without a time will remain a wish.

You need to attach time to the goal. My series comes up every Sunday by 7pm. No matter how many posts I have done over a week, if I fail to post by 7pm on Sunday, have done nothing. You can be doing numerous other things but that one thing must be done at the time stipulated.

Be Accountable.

If no one knows your goal, no one can demand result from you. So put word out, invite people to join you on your series, ask someone to constantly ask if you have done it. Via these means you would be accountable and that would keep you on your feet.

You are lazy because no one is demanding from you, when you know someone is waiting to read a new episode, you get busy at writing it.

The magic is not in reading but in applying what has been read. Try it out and let me know your result. Also share these post to help someone.

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