In this Planning Workshop Series, we’re going to be digging into a bunch of smaller topics that all make up the overall topic of planning and productivity.
Each article in the series will go in-depth of one of these smaller topics.
Today we’re talking about consistency.
Now, you might wonder what consistency really has to do with planning and let me tell you – it has everything to do with planning.
Why? Consistency is the biggest obstacle most people face. And it’s dependent on two things:
A. knowing what to do
B. knowing wen to do it
And the majority of those getting started, and to be real – a lot of people who’ve been at it for a while too – have no idea WHAT even needs to be done. Or when.
See, most people use the spaghetti approach when it comes to their goals and plans –
They throw a bunch of stuff up in the air and see what sticks.
While you might find some things that work for you using that tactic, it’s just not sustainable nor does it promote growth. It will leave you overwhelmed and burnt out.
And that’s why we’re talking about consistency first.
PART 1: CONSISTENCY
Consistent: adjective. Constantly adhering to the same principles, course, form, etc.
One of the top things that derails people when they’re just getting started is consistency. Or rather, lack of consistency, to be exact.
The thing is, you need consistency in order to grow and flourish and sustain your business.
Imagine if the grocery store or the gas station only opened whenever they felt like it. Imagine they only opened when they remembered to. Or when they put it on their to-do list. Imagine there was no rhyme or reason to their open hours and it was never the same time of the day or week.
How long do think the store would stay in business? Probably not long, right?
The same thing applies to you and your business.
And yet a lot of small businesses – especially online and service based businesses – use this approach to establishing themselves.
They only post about their business sporadically.
They only talk about their business haphazardly.
They only ‘work’ on their business when everything feels perfect.
Or they don’t even start because things AREN’T perfect.
Look, perfect is a myth.
The right time is a myth.
There will never be a ‘right’ time and things will never be perfect.
You don’t need a website.
You don’t need a logo.
You don’t need all the bells and whistles.
What DO you need?
1 – a vision
2 – goals to get you there
3 – a plan to reach your goals
4 – consistency
Start there. Don’t worry about anything else.
Decide on a strategy, put that strategy into action consistently, and you’re going to be further ahead than 90% of the folks out there.
In part 2, which I’ll post later today, we’ll talk about daily rituals and non-negotiables so stay tuned!