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 of behavior.
agreement, harmony, or compatibility, especially correspondence or uniformity among the parts of a complex thing: consistency of colors throughout the house.
the condition of cohering or holding together and retaining form; solidity or firmness.
Someone once told me, “If people value their own time, they won’t waste yours.” This isn’t always necessarily true for many of those people couldn’t give a sh*t if they waste your time as long as theirs is not wasted.
This isn’t a post about tooting my own horn on how punctual, consistent, or communication capable that I am. It’s to shed some light on how not being these things can harm your reputation/relationships in business and personal life.
While we may not always call people out on the things they do that cause us to take them to a lower level on our priority list, we subconsciously take note, whether we realize it or not.
The acquaintance that asks you for something, doesn’t get the response they wanted, and doesn’t respond with even a ‘Thank You,’ until they want something again. The business colleague that set up a conference call for 2pm, and ‘accidentally’ swallowed too many mimosas at brunch to be coherent enough to follow through. You don’t need to no longer F*ck with that person. Seriously.
Have the decency to give some adequate notice, cancel, or don’t be surprised at the character you now represent.
People are always consistent at something. They are either consistently doing what they say they will or consistently blowing it off. If someone consistently invites you to do something, then consistently texts you 3 hours later because they “Got drunk, forgot, or fell asleep,” they have a pattern. It perhaps may not be the consistency that you desire, but nonetheless, it is present. What you consistently do, becomes who you are. Character.
I have a friend that for many years has never been late, never cancelled our plans without notice, and it makes me not only see how much they respect me, I in turn respect them so much more.
An agent of mine follows the same accord; always organized, consistent, and ON POINT.
If you say “Yes,” and commit to a project, plan, or action, keep your word… or flake enough that people you wanted to believe in you, no longer do…
They no longer look at your phone call with a sense of urgency and intend to get back to you right away. You’ve wasted too much of their time.
I guess that’s why I say “Maybe,” unless I’m absolutely sure and ready to commit.
We may not always tell each other how we feel about them, but we will always show them.
Show me someone that keeps their word, and I’ll show you someone that cares about their reputation.
Consistency is a turn on. In Business. In Love. In Friendship. But which actions will you be consistent of?
Want to keep my attention?