The Power of consistency: one step at a time

From running to productivity, from learning to communicating, consistency allows us to
transform our abilities, unlock our potential, and achieve excellence in any domain.

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Prague, the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic. It was my first time in the city, but I was not there only for tourism. I was there to participate in the half marathon. This was the moment the power of consistency became evident to me.

It was six years since I had begun running, just around the block in the beginning. A few years of dedicated training allowed me to complete the 21.1-kilometer race with a smile on my face. I consistently surpassed my personal records and felt a tremendous sense of accomplishment. However, it would not be possible without consistent small steps through time and effort.

Consistency is not limited to running; it has come to play a significant role in many aspects of my life. Consistency is crucial for maintaining good health and fitness by practicing regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and consistent sleep patterns. Prioritizing healthy habits allows us to achieve long-term fitness goals and prevent health issues. Additionally, consistent engagement and reliability are essential for fostering healthy relationships, personal growth and development, financial stability, personal well-being, and long-term success and happiness.

Commitment and reliability in long-term results

My personal and professional journey has taught me that if we commit to regular practice and persistent effort, we can witness remarkable improvements in various aspects of our lives. When we consistently demonstrate reliability and integrity through our words and actions, we build trust in others and in ourselves. Trust forms the foundation of meaningful relationships, whether they are with family, friends, colleagues, clients or even with us. By consistently displaying commitment and reliability, we foster trust and create a positive environment for collaboration and growth. Consistency serves as a key ingredient for any success.

Another factor that highlights the importance of consistency is its impact on achieving long-term goals. Consistency requires sustained commitment and dedication rather than occasional bursts of effort. By consistently working towards our objectives, even during times when progress seems slow, we steadily move forward. Small, consistent steps accumulate over time, leading to meaningful results. Embracing consistency increases our chances of achieving long-term success as we maintain focus and momentum while overcoming obstacles along the way.

Consistency also plays a crucial role in habit formation, shaping our daily lives. Whether it involves developing healthy habits such as regular exercise or professional habits such as always meeting deadlines, consistency is key. Engaging in desired behaviors regularly allows them to become ingrained in our routines, requiring less effort and conscious decision-making. Consistency helps transform desired actions into automatic habits, resulting in greater efficiency and productivity across various areas of life.

How do we value consistency in Near Partner?

At Near Partner, consistency is recognized and honored as a primary factor in areas such as time management, communication, and leadership. Consistency in prioritizing tasks, following routines, and maintaining a structured schedule contributes significantly to long-term success.

By consistently practicing effective communication skills, such as active listening and clear articulation of thoughts, we can develop stronger interpersonal relationships and foster meaningful connections. In leadership, consistency in demonstrating strong values, making fair decisions, and communicating expectations builds trust, morale, and a positive work environment.

There are many things that can curtail how much better we can grow to be. One of those is the short-term mindset. The habits that make you better should not be something you do, they should be something you assimilate, incorporate, and embody. At Near Partner, we recognize and emphasize its importance. That’s why we try to give everyone time and latitude to learn and grow. Because we know that it takes time and persistence.

A good record is not achieved on race day

A long run is won in the countless hours of training, the early morning runs, and the moment of pushing past your comfort zone. The race is simply the celebration of commitment and hard work. In a world that often seeks instant gratification, the power of consistency is frequently overlooked. However, those who understand and harness this power find themselves on a trajectory toward success. Whether it is lacing up your running shoes, sitting down to write, or embarking on a new skill, consistency holds the key to unlocking your potential and achieving greatness. So, embrace the power of consistency, take that first step, and watch as your journey unfolds, one stride at a time.

“In the short term, you are as good as your intensity. In the long term, you are as good as your consistency.” Shane Parish

Pedro after completing the Prague half marathon

Pedro Veloso

I'm a serial entrepreneur and a (quasi-serial) father. I'm particularly fond of technology, solving problems and team culture, and my life lies at the intersection of those interests.