Consistency is extremely valuable, not just for building an audience, but I have found that consistency enables further consistency. If I blew your mind right there, let me just take a step back. If you are consistent with something and keep it up it will start to become habit. This works with things both good and bad, so of course you want to be aware of what kind of habits you decide to allow yourself to fall into.
Do It Every [Insert Time Period Here]
When it comes to writing this blog, I do it every Thursday. For the first few weeks I will admit it was very difficult. After I had a handful of weeks under my belt I got into the habit of coming up with a topic, writing about it, and then posting it on a weekly basis. In my personal life I’ve been on a quest to eat better and maybe lose a couple pounds. I’ve made a goal to eat only so many calories per day, and I consistently keep track of those calories.
Wether it’s daily, weekly, bi-weekly, whatever, the first step is always to show up. Then show up again. And again. Eventually it becomes easy, like second nature. It becomes part of your routine, like your morning coffee.
It takes a lot of time of showing up to keep up a routine, but it can all be undone pretty quickly. You have to keep showing up, and to do that you can’t cheat. I can’t just say next Thursday “well, I don’t have anything written yet, I’ll just post something tomorrow”. If I’m approaching my calorie limit for the day I can’t just say “well I’ll just eat these cookies and not count them”. When you start giving yourself some wiggle room you’ll keep taking more, and more.
If we humans are good at one thing it’s getting away with as much as we can. It’s super easy to get away with a lot when you really only have yourself to answer to. Nobody is going to fire me if I don’t post a blog every Thursday. Nobody is going to reprimand me for not logging a vanilla chai. I only have myself to answer to, and that’s why it’s so important for me to have the discipline to be consistent.
Sometimes it can be easier to have some external accountability. For example my friend Kyle and I keep each other accountable with our respective weekly blog posts. If he misses one I would ask him about it, and I know if I missed one he’d ask me. For keeping track of calories, both my girlfriend and I have been using the same app (CARROT hunger for those who are curious) and we report in at the end of the day.
If you have trouble keeping yourself accountable, or just want that extra assurance find a friend or loved one who’s doing something similar and become accountability partners. Keep one another honest and consistent.