The Value of Consistency



Consistency, thou art a jewel. ~Attributed to Shakespeare

Aesop’s fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” is a story normally reserved for children. It tells the story of a slow, but steady, tortoise and an arrogant rabbit who were in a race. The moral of the story, as we all know, is that slow and steady wins the race. Time after time, the tortoise consistently maintained his pace and in the end, beat the over-confident hare.

The keyword is consistency. Routine. Expectation. Steadfastness. Stability. Predictability. And maybe, sometimes a little bit boring. It’s easy to take the consistency of the familiarity for granted, but how many of us crave the routines of home the first time we move away? How many of us depend on the regularity of payday? How many of us trust in the constant routine of daily life – from sun up to sunset, from season to season. Pretty much everyone, right?

Consistency is a great asset from which we can all benefit – both personally and professionally. Consider the following:

  1. Consistency gives a framework for measuring and analyzing. For example, consistently documenting our daily food intake or financial spending can identify patterns that show what is working and what is not. From that consistent documentation, we can make changes that yield positive outcomes for our overall health, as well as our wallets.
  2. It establishes a sense of accountability. That consistent reliability sets a standard upon which relationships grow, and trust is established. Forging accountability and knowing it can be depended upon is something that simply cannot be undervalued.
  3. Consistency adds credence to your words. When someone says one thing, but they do another, they aren’t considered trustworthy. Their words aren’t taken seriously. However, when words and actions are consistently parallel with one another, then they have more value and meaning. Such consistency secures your reputation for integrity.
  4. It’s an important branding tool. When customers grow to expect consistent service, brand loyalty is established. It’s easier to grow a business when people know what to expect.
  5. On a similar note, that same branding tool philosophy can apply to parenting. When we establish consistent rules and consequences, our children know what to expect.
  6. The routine of consistency can help establish good habits and eliminate bad ones. By consistently applying healthy routines, long-term benefits are realized.

There’s a lot to be said for consistency. This often under-valued characteristic is actually a very valuable asset overall. Look for the consistency in your life… and appreciate it.

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Some other inspirational quotes about consistency:

  • “Consistency is the true foundation of trust. Either keep your promises or do not make them.”  ― Roy T. Bennett
  • “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”  ― Anthony Robbins
  • “Consistency is an under-appreciated inspirational quality. It’s that ability to conduct yourself in a consistent, reliable manner that others will respect and
    appreciate.”  ― Del Suggs, Truly Leading: Lessons in Leadership
  • “Consistency is the belt that fastens excellence in position. If you don’t do it repeatedly, you’ll not excel in it.”  ― Israelmore Ayivor, Let’s Go to the Next Level
  • “Your consistency says a lot about your commitment.”  ― Rasheed Ogunlaru
  • “It’s not what we do once—it’s what we do once a day…day in and day out…every day that brings lasting change into our lives.”  ― Toni Sorenson
  • “Trust is created over time with consistent actions.”  ― Bruce Rhoades
  • “Actions become very effective when they meet the habit of consistency.”  ― Edmond Mbiaka
  • “Variety may be the spice of life, but consistency pays the bills.” ― Doug Cooper

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