Several years ago, I realised I had some limiting mindsets and habits in my life, and one of them was not being consistent. I was inconsistent because I'd often get all excited and inspired to pursue something I wanted in my life or to make a positive change and then quickly run out of motivation a few weeks later.
The definition of someone who is consistent is a person who always behaves in the same way, has the same attitudes towards people or things and achieves the same level of success in something.
A consistent person in relationships exhibits behaviours that include dependability, trust, and a genuine desire to form a serious relationship.
Words like steady, even, regular, stable all describe a person’s who is consistent.
The world needs consistent people who are trustworthy, true, and people who you know that you know you can depend on them. Which makes consistency a character trait that I think all of us can aspire to – Just imagine all you could accomplish and the type of person you would become over the next 20 years if you determined to be more consistent in your behaviour, beliefs, reactions to situations, work ethic, emotions, and pursuits?
Plus, when you are consistent in one area of your life, there is a flow over effect to other areas of your life, which is why in being consistent there lies the power for real growth, change and success.
Jesus is a great example of consistency. All through the Bible, you will see words like “continue” and “daily”. Jesus said if we would continue in His Word, then we would be His disciples. He said if we continued, we would know the truth, and that truth would set us free (John 8:31-32).
When we realise we need to work on an area in our life, we can ask for Jesus’ help, and He will give it. And the more time we spend with Jesus and learn from Him, the more we become like Him; constant, dependable and consistent.
I encourage you to develop consistency in your life; that you can confidently say you can trust yourself and that others can depend upon you too - for it’s not what we do or are once in a while, or only when we feel like it, that shapes and sets the course for our lives. It’s what we do consistently.
Prayerfully choose five healthy, productive habits you wish to make part of your daily routine; make them attributes that actively help shape who you are, your future, purpose and your character positively.
Determine to make these daily habits like anchors in your day, and watch how dependable and consistent you will become. For, “In consistency lies the power!”
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain” (1 Cor 15:58 ESV)
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9 ESV)
“And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:4 ESV)
Prayer: Lord, please help me to be more consistent and to harness the power that comes when I choose to daily and continually do those things that you outline in your Word, and which will enable me to fulfil my purpose and passion in life. Thank you that when I am weak, you are strong in me and that I can do all things in you. In Jesus name Amen.