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Want to advance your career, have more time in your day, and/or accomplish more of your goals? Then you need to be more consistent in your approach. Here’s why it's important and how to be more consistent.

Whether you’re posting to social media, trying to boost the number of your blog readers, build an email list, or engage your member, consistency is the secret ingredient to success in those and any endeavor. No matter what your goal, personal or professional, being consistent will help you get there.

Chamber pros looking to improve their skills, develop strong work habits, or achieve other professional goals need consistency. It is the driving force that propels us forward. However, becoming more consistent can be challenging, especially when chamber life throws curveballs your way. But there are practical strategies and mindset shifts that can help you become more consistent and, thus, unlock your full potential.

What Is Consistency and Why Is It Important?

If you have ever watched someone ineffectually discipline their child, you probably realized quickly what the problem was. Consistency. When we chastise children only some of the time or correct them but then give in because of whining, our discipline is ineffective. On the other hand, if we consistently provide the same corrective guidance, they will learn quickly what is expected of them and what will happen if they break our rules.

Consistency sets expectations that’s why it makes us more effective in all areas of life—personal and professional.

For this article, when we refer to consistency or doing something consistently, we don’t mean a daily task necessarily. We’re speaking about setting expectations and delivering on them. That could be daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually, or anything in between as long as your audience knows when to expect the desired action. For instance, maybe you can only commit to publishing your blog twice a month—the first and the last day. That’s fine if you stick to it.

The first rule of building a following is giving them something to follow. Posting consistently is the ideal way to do that. You are setting expectations early and giving them something to look forward to. It is better to post less frequently, but consistently, than it is to tell your audience you will post daily and then end up posting once a month or worse—when the mood strikes.

Consistency is also critically important in becoming part of someone’s internet habit. Many podcast listeners, for instance, tune in at the same time every day like during their morning commute or when they’re working out. If you want to become part of their internet habits, you want to set expectations of when they know your content will be available. If they like your content, they will look forward to its release. Help them do that by being more consistent.

Being consistent isn’t just about how often you post. There’s more to it than that as witnessed in this quote:

Here’s how you can reach your goal of becoming more consistent.

How to Become More Consistent

The easiest way to becoming more consistent is to follow in the lines of Nike’s infamous advice and “just do it.” But that doesn’t work for most of us. When life gets in the way, well, we all know what they say about good intentions. That’s why we’ve formulated some steps to help you reach your consistency objective.

Set Clear and Meaningful Goals

To foster consistency, start by setting clear and meaningful goals. Define what you want to achieve, whether that’s making diversity a larger priority at your chamber (with steps on how you will do that), rolling out a leadership program, or working toward a promotion. Ensure your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART goals). When your objectives are well-defined, you'll have a roadmap to follow, making it easier to stay consistent.

Create a Routine

Consistency thrives on routine. Establishing a structured daily or weekly routine helps cultivate discipline and minimizes decision fatigue. Designate specific time slots for activities aligned with your goals. Whether it's dedicating an hour each morning to writing the chamber blog or allocating time in the evening for planning, having a routine makes it easier to stay on track and eliminates the need for constant deliberation.

When creating a routine, it’s important to note when you are most awake and vibrant. Schedule quick wins during this time. For instance, if morning is a slower time for you, use it to go through emails, read professional growth blogs, connect with people on the Chamber Pros site, or nourish your body. If morning is not your most productive time, don’t waste it with the biggest task of your day. Save that for when you have the greatest energy.

If you raced horses and you knew your horse took off out of the gate in the morning but sat around swishing his tail in the afternoon, you would try to ensure most races you participated in were earlier. Maximize your energy too with a strong routine.

Break It Down

Big goals can be overwhelming, leading to inconsistency. Break down your objectives into smaller, manageable tasks or milestones. Celebrate each tiny victory along the way, as it fuels motivation and reinforces the habit of consistency. By focusing on incremental progress, you'll develop a sense of accomplishment and maintain momentum. To-do list people love this approach because it means quick wins and a record of progress.

Cultivate a Growth Mindset

Consistency requires a growth mindset—a belief that effort, learning, and perseverance can lead to improvement. Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, rather than seeing them as setbacks. Understand that progress is not always linear, and setbacks are part of the journey. Life is often referred to as a dance for this reason. It may involve a step forward, a glide back, or perhaps even a box step. But those back-and-forth movements don’t mean you aren’t going where you want to.

Adopting a growth mindset allows you to stay committed and bounce back from obstacles with resilience. If you want to be consistent, you will need to overcome setbacks and demands.

Find Accountability Partners

Accountability partners or mentors can provide invaluable support in maintaining consistency. Share your goals and progress with someone you trust, whether it's a friend, family member, or mentor. Regular check-ins and feedback can keep you motivated and provide an external perspective on your progress. Additionally, joining communities or groups with like-minded individuals (like this one) can provide a sense of camaraderie and shared accountability.

While not quite as effective as a person for accountability, there are apps and electronic to-do lists that create streaks for motivation. Some chambers also use brief, stand-up status meetings every morning to improve accountability.

Focus on Quality Rest and Self-Care

You cannot be more consistent and you cannot thrive in the absence of self-care and proper rest. Prioritize quality sleep, nutrition, and exercise to ensure your mind and body are well-equipped for consistent action. When you take care of yourself, you'll have the energy, mental clarity, and resilience needed to stay consistent and face challenges head-on.

When you’re exhausted, on the other hand, it’s easy to put off what you should be doing for a time (or day) when you feel more up to it. At first glance, that seems like a good idea especially if the project or undertaking is a large one. But once it’s put off the first time, it becomes easy to continue to delay doing it. Eventually, you may forget about it altogether.

Embrace Imperfect Action

Perfectionism can be a significant obstacle to being more consistent. Remember that taking imperfect action is better than no action at all. Accept that mistakes and failures are natural parts of the learning process. Embrace a willingness to learn from setbacks and adjust your approach as needed. Doing so can make you more agile. Consistency is built through continuous action, not flawless execution.

Salvador Dali said, “Don’t worry about being perfect. You’ll never get there.” 

 If you’re trying to be perfect, you won’t reach your goal and things will take you much longer than necessary. Instead, opt for progress, not perfection.

Consistency is the cornerstone of success in any endeavor. By setting clear goals, establishing routines, breaking tasks down, cultivating a growth mindset, finding accountability partners, prioritizing self-care, and embracing imperfect action, you can cultivate consistency and unlock your full potential as a chamber professional.

Remember, it's not about achieving perfection but about making progress one step at a time. Consistency doesn’t have to be a large production. Being consistent with small undertakings can lead you to results beyond your expectations.

So, start today and stay focused on the changes you see as consistency transforms your work life.


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