What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.
~ Gretchen Rubin
Thank God It's Friday!! How has it been doing your thing this week? You'd be taking a break from a hectic schedule, right?
<<First Name>>, I have something special for you today: an excerpt from a Content Writer, Olúwatósìn Faith Kolawole. She is one of the wonders of 2020. One of the amazing persons I met on Twitter.
She’ll share her perspective on consistency. I’m so excited to have her share with us today and I’m certain you’ll learn a couple of things as I have.
Olúwatósìn on Consistency
When we talk about consistency, it’s easy to think it means you have to show up all day, every day. Of course, you should. But what if I told you it is beyond that?
Two people can choose to write every day for five years, yet one might still be a poor writer. Has this person been consistent? The short answer to this will be YES. But the question now is- consistent in what? Consistent in writing? But never got better over time?
Okay, let’s take a break. What does consistency mean to you? Take a minute to think about that.
When people tell me they love how consistent I am, I wonder what makes them say so but the answer isn’t far-fetched. They say so because they can see results and these results made them realize that I’ve been pushing this particular thing for a while and here we are. So, most times, they aren’t necessarily praising my showing up every day but the fact that I consistently show good results.
Now, don’t get me wrong. This isn’t just about results that others can see but about what happens in the process. I trust the process much more than I do the result because that’s the backend of everything- the parts no one gets to see. What do you do behind those covers?
Consistency isn’t about being found doing something over and over again but rather about choosing to do something in a particular way and sticking to your promise. Let me explain.
It is me reminding myself that whatever my hands find to do, I should do it well. I stick to that and I show up excellently every single day, whether it is for my Writing or my NGO- Teens Meet Outreach or Teaching or for anything at all. I am consistently showing the best version of myself. I am consistently providing value. I am consistently going all out to ensure I give nothing less than the best.
It isn’t me choosing to do something however I like but unbothered because I show up every day anyway. I would be doing myself a disservice to show up the wrong way every day- something different from my promise. My promise to myself is to be excellent and that is what I have chosen to be consistent with.
This doesn’t excuse growth. Growth is, in fact, a huge part of this. Choosing to be excellent doesn’t necessarily mean your work will be perfect; it is far from that. The idea is that at the time when you did that work, you were putting your best foot forward and nothing less.
I sometimes stumble on or think about something I did a while back and I cringe. I wonder, “what is this poor quality”. The truth is, I shouldn’t beat myself too much because, when I did that thing, I did put my best foot forward. It was the best I could have done at the time.
So, this is how I consistently show up: in the best version of myself. Every single day.
If you want to see results, you have to consistently show up excellently. Don’t be excellent today and be mediocre tomorrow; by doing this, you will be inconsistent even if you showed up every single day.
Every time you show up consistently in the best version of yourself, you do it for yourself. You are representing yourself in the best way. You aren't cheating by going against your promise. You are saying “yes, this is me. The version of me I bring to the table each time is the latest, updated, and excellent version. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow".
Weekly Thread of Wisdom
- Personal Blog: You can try to explain what it is you’re doing when you are on a bicycle, but this isn’t going to be of much help when you’re teaching a kid and they fall into the drain while you’re telling them to focus and maintain balance. In this article, I shared on practice and tacit knowledge.
- Atomic Habits is one of the best books I've ever read. Ayomide wrote an exhaustive summary of the book. If you are yet to read this timeless piece, start with this summary.
- People often mistake the ability to keep a secret (privacy) for being secretive; this goes beyond merely keeping things private. In this piece, Doyinsola shared an insightful contrast.
- Writing can be tiring! It is hard work! Ogooluwakiitan celebrated 5years of writing by sharing five things you should never do in your first five years of writing.
Book(s) of the Week
Atomic Habits by James Clear
At best, this is how to summarize this timeless book. This is one book I love. I am RECOMMENDING this for the second time. You can start with the book summary here.
- An atomic habit is a regular practice or routine that is not only small and easy to do but is also the source of incredible power; a component of the system of compound growth.
- Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change.
- Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years.
Newsletter of the Week
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