I want to take a moment to point out the difference between two very important ideas when approaching a goal. The two ideas are constancy and consistency. The first is dear to my heart because it is the very nature of my name.
: a state of being constant or unchanging
- the constancy of the Earth's rotation
- <the mistaken notion that there is constancy in language—words do indeed change their meanings over time>
Now here's what I found on consistency.
con·sist·en·cy[kuhn-sis-tuhn-see] Show IPA
noun, plural con·sist·en·cies.
a degree of density, firmness, viscosity, etc.: The liquid has the consistency of cream.
steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.: There is consistency in his pattern ofbehavior.
agreement, harmony, or compatibility, especially correspondence or uniformity among the parts of acomplex thing: consistency of colors throughout the house.
the condition of cohering or holding together and retaining form; solidity or firmness.
So what it all boils down to, is that the two concepts are slightly different in nature, but intensely similar on theme. The goal is to bring the two of these ideas distinctively into the environment of the goal, and to assure this measure of constancy takes persistence and understanding of what constancy will bring to the goal.
Constancy makes one important consideration that intrigues me when approaching a goal that transforms the very way one chooses to live one's life: adherence under DURESS.
Duress is sometimes the very push button reaction we get to quitting on a goal. Duress can speak to us in funny ways, and we might decide to end a relationship with whatever it is, when it gets too difficult, challenging, suppressive in our eyes, which is related to our point of view. We can change our point of view to meet the next level of requirements related to that goal. We have to. We must practice....otherwise not even consistency can help us do more than maintain the same even level of pressure we've applied to the goal, which obviously won't change it, but keep it exactly the same. This process leads to stagnation, when you jump in the hamster of (no) change. No progress, no duress, no peace...
Another element that constancy brings into the conversation is loyalty. Consistency mentions nothing of loyalty. It merely taps into an even, firm principle applied. Does that mean it, or you, are loyal to your program, job, weight loss goal, just because you keep showing up to the work site or the table?
Ultimately, your degree of consistency leads to constancy in your goals. So, be consistent AND constant.