Consistency is King
Why What You Do Defines Who You Are
“If you want to be taken seriously, be consistent.” –Unknown
Consistency builds trust over time. It also builds your reputation, so to build a good reputation, you have to choose repeated positive action, again and again. Think about it: if you consistently show up on time, you build a good reputation. If you consistently show up late, you’ll build a bad reputation. What you do consistently is how you’re perceived.
At their core, the habits we build are all about consistency. Take exercising or eating healthily for example. If you aren’t totally committed, what happens? You end up binge watching The Mandalorian while eating a plate of Ho Hos instead of doing squats and crunching on carrots. I’m not saying either is bad. What you commit yourself to is what you do consistently, so choose what you want to commit to and deliver.
When I evaluate employees, I do it on a scale of one to five stars. Three stars is average, and the people that get four or five stars receive them because they consistently perform above average. Not once, not twice, but enough for me to notice their performance was a pattern and not a fluke. When you deliver consistently, it’s hard to question commitment and passion.
What if you want to be consistently doing something else? A lot of people say to dress for the job you want, but I say, “Perform the role you want.” If you want to be healthier, it doesn’t matter how many track suits you wear, but it does matter if you do the darn squats. The same is true for your job. To be considered for a different role, you have to consistently display that you’re qualified for it.
Now, I’m not saying you should let your current job fall by the wayside – quite the opposite. You can’t just show up in a suit and expect to be promoted to a management position. You have to do your current job at 100% and show the leadership qualities a manager is expected to have. Are you on time every day? Do you always complete your projects when you say you will? Do you always act with integrity? Do you communicate clearly in every meeting? Notice that all those sentences contained the word always or every. That’s because consistency is key.
It bears repeating: what you do consistently is how you’re perceived, so commit and deliver. To learn more about how you’re perceived and what to do about it, check out my post called Real Talk: Sometimes the Problem is You.
What are your thoughts on consistency? Do you agree that consistency is king? Let me know in the comments below.