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What is Consistency?

The general definition is:

  1. Conformity in the application of something, such as a company’s customer service protocol.
  2. The achievement of a level of performance that does not vary greatly in quality over time.

I’d like to interject my own two cents by saying that consistency is also the secret sauce for success.

How long does it take to be successful?  The answer is different for everyone.  We all have different schedules, obligations, and circumstances.  What works for one person may not be the secret recipe for the other.

But, we all have one thing in common…the choice to be consistent.  It’s so simple, it’s almost absurd.


Yep, that’s it.  While you may have seen a gazillion 3-step formulas being hyped all over the internet, it really only takes this one thing to be successful.

If you’re a writer, the difference between being published or unpublished is this:  The published author writes every day.  The unpublished author writes sporadically.

If you’re a sales person, the difference between success and failure is:  The successful salesperson works their pipeline every day, makes phone calls, and follows up with leads.  The unsuccessful salesperson gives up after a few rejections….maybe even after the first one.

If you’re a blogger, top bloggers know that success doesn’t happen overnight. You need to stick with your blog, post consistently, and plan for the long haul.  Consistency is imperative when it comes to building a brand and a blog (Gunelius, Susan.  Blogging Secrets from Top Blogs).

Be careful not to confuse consistency with persistence, although persistence is also very important.  Persistence is not giving up easily.  Consistency is having the same standards at all stages of a process.  One can be persistent, but lose their focus after the passage of time.

“Getting an audience is hard. Sustaining an audience is hard. It demands a consistency of thought, of purpose, and of action over a long period of time.” ~ Bruce Springsteen

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Amanda Schroter says July 17, 2013

Enjoy reading your post. Thanks.

    Kim Saeed says July 17, 2013

    You’re welcome, Amanda! Thanks for stopping by!

      Amanda Schroter says September 27, 2013

      Thank you

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jenniferhelps says June 29, 2013

I could not have said it better, Sweetie!
You are awesome, and you are on a roll, as well…
It is refreshing to read your posts, and even though you say
that you learn from me, I too, learn from you!
This is a brilliant piece, and brilliant minds think alike!

    Kim Saeed says June 29, 2013

    Thanks, Jennifer! Always love to get your input!

      jenniferhelps says June 29, 2013

      I also appreciate your “votes” on my last post!
      Thanks so much!
      I too, often go, against the grain.

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