And I suck at it.
Like really, really suck.
It’s not that I don’t try. Sometimes I can even maintain consistency on one or two things for a while before it all comes crashing down again. Most of the reasoning behind the lack? There isn’t anything consistent in my life really, well, besides inconsistency.
Living with chronic illnesses makes every single day an exercise in guessing. I’d say futility, but some days are actually fairly stable. Others, it’s extremely changeable, like every few minutes there’s something new. I can literally feel as fine as I can feel (about 30% human/awake) and be barely able to open my eyes the next. Annoying, yes. But I am learning to live with it.
I’ve also learned that the more I accept the inconsistency, the calmer everything gets. Go figure, huh?
There are other things that make me inconsistent, like demands on my time from family. They are very consistent in their demands for my time since in many ways I’m just a fixture to them — someone that’s there when they need me. Which naturally eats away at my time.
But I can’t blame them for everything since I do my fair share of procrastination and burying my head in the sand too.
All of which I’m trying to change in 2020. Among other things.
Why is consistency key?
- It builds your brand, which builds your business.
- It builds habits.
- It’s necessary to accomplish goals.
All reasons enough for me to want to change. I have a life to live, goals to meet, dreams to achieve — just like everyone else. And really, the only way to do that is to start with consistency.
With being consistent, I can experiment better. I can try new things and learn from them. Shots in the dark are much harder to figure out than consistent effort, that’s for sure. Feedback shows up more often as well, which allows me to go in new directions yet again — directions I may have not even thought of yet!
Consistency will also help me finish all the damn projects on my to-do list.
I want to learn and grow in 2020, and consistency can help me do that. It’s not going to be easy, with everything I have to work around. I’m going to have to say no to a lot more than I may want to — but as long as I keep showing up, keep doing the work, keep experimenting, and keep trying, I believe I will get there.
It’s probably going to be my biggest challenge in 2020. What’s yours?