The interweaving of courage and consistency
In life, we often talk about success, but we fail to talk about what happens in the background that contributes to that success!
What I mean by that is, we usually fail to talk about all the hard work beneath the surface that has been going on to reach that level of success.This includes the effort that has been, and is being put in, and all the failures along the way as well. So, in this blog, I thought I would write about the interweaving of courage and consistency in our lives, and the HUGE impact that it can have, both from a professional point of view but also a personal.
It is courage that allows us to take risks and face challenges, and it is consistency that is important in allowing us to persevere and keep going when things get tough. Without both qualities, achieving our long-term goals is not only much more sporadic but it is also much harder.
Breaking down the two – Courage and Consistency
Consistency is often thought of as a positive trait. After all, it’s the ability to stick to your guns and see things through that gets results, right? And while there’s no denying that consistency can be a good thing, it can also be a hindrance if we are not careful.
Courage, on the other hand, is often viewed as a bit of a double-edged sword. It takes bravery to stand up for what we believe in, but it can also lead to impulsive decisions that may not be in our best interest.
We can still be successful without either of these qualities, but it is much harder and, if you are a high performer, you are always after the most efficient way of accomplishing a task and reaching a certain goal.
If you have courage but you are not consistent, you may give up when things get tough and never reach your full potential. On the other hand, if you are consistent but lack courage, you may never take the necessary steps or risks to achieve your goals.
The best way to achieve success is to cultivate both courage and consistency. This means being willing to take risks and face challenges, whilst also being able to persevere when things are tough. And, although it is not always easy, the reward over the long term is worth it.
The interweaving of Courage and Consistency:
It is both courage and consistency that is required to achieve our goals over the long term. For example, if you want to start a new business, you’ll need to be courageous in taking the risks involved, but you’ll also need to be consistent in your efforts to make it succeed.
Then, there is courage and consistency needed in leadership which is not always easy. As a leader, you need to be courageous in making decisions that are in the best interest of your team, while also being consistent in your actions. This means being reliable and dependable, and always following through on your commitments.
Courage comes from being able to show up consistently on a day-to-day basis.
So, how does a High Performer cultivate courage?
1. Consistently express yourself
Consistently express your real thoughts, your feelings, your needs, and your ambitions to others. It takes courage to tell others what you’re about and what you are thinking, especially if you don’t agree. Doing it more consistently will forge a stronger confidence and allow you to speak your truth when things are more difficult.
Self-Reflection: Who is a person that you haven’t been expressing your real thoughts or feelings with? What impact has this had on you?
2. Consistently taking action:
When we regularly take action and step out of our comfort zone, we are building our courage muscle.
Action: Where is an area of your life you can take more bold action in the next month? What are three steps that you can take to work towards that goal?
Remember, it’s the little things that you do daily that will allow you to show the courage to show up in the times that are not as easy. So, be consistent in your efforts and watch your confidence and courage grow.