“If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you always got”
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”
“The key to success is consistency”
“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”
In business we’re told to be consistent.
In business we’re also told to change, evolve and pivot.
What are the things you remain consistent on and what are you willing to change?
For me, I’m consistently:
- Stubborn – I get disheartened when things don’t work the first time but I don’t give up easily. My first business didn’t make any money the first year. I ran out of savings. I was trying to create a desire for something that people didn’t value. I was a few years ahead of my time for the area I worked in, where education wasn’t a top priority. But I stuck at it when others would have given up and I ended up working with 12,000 kids through the business, eventually
- Honest on what my values are and how much I’ll tolerate if there’s a disagreement. I wasn’t always like this. I was very much a people pleaser according to a personality test I took in as recent as 2017. I hit HUGE challenges in 2019. In comparison, the covid challenges of 2020 were just a blip. 2019 changed the way I did things. It made me realise that I can’t ignore when my values don’t align with someone else’s. In 2020, I ensured I was consistently honest with myself and others and it was a great year for me in terms of being able to put everything I learnt into action. Of course it was a tough year emotionally and mentally (and financially at times), but I took a step back when I needed to; I pretty much hit a wall end of April 2020. Took the whole of May off for Ramadan as I couldn’t cope working and fasting. I came back with an energy and enthusiasm that saw me set up two successful businesses in such a short time
For me, I will change:
- My mindset or thoughts over what I believe. If someone I look up to advises me to try things a different way, I would be willing to try and shift my mindset if needed. This means I am coachable (of course I’ll resist initially – who doesn’t to change!).
I’d been following one individual for years. Finally arranged a 1:1 coaching session for one afternoon at £600+. I’d spent a long time saving up. Because I wanted HIM. I disliked what he said I should do (but I knew it was worth a try – if you don’t try, you don’t know!) and I tried it and got awesome results.
- Who I spend time with if they don’t align with my values. This is a big one that links with the being consistency honest with myself.
People come and go in life. Whenever I meet someone new I’m excited by why fate brought us together. Will I be learning from them, or will they be learning from me, or maybe a bit of both. What’s the purpose of us meeting? Are we to help others or teach each other something valuable. I get super excited when I build a relationship with someone new because the good, the bad, the ugly relationships – whether professional or personal, are always there to help us grow.
But the people you let into your lives and give your time to, have to be hand selected.
Remember, you are a reflection of the people you spend time with. If something doesn’t work anymore, I’m not afraid to cut ties. That serves us both.
Have a think about what are the things you are consistent with and which things do you find you are willing to change?