One of the Most Valuable & Underrated Skills... Consistency
Your life purpose, vision and your nervous system will thank you
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One of the world's most valuable and underrated skills… consistency.
I know it, you know it and yet the number one reason we see most people struggle with their “goals” in anything is the beautiful monotony of being consistent.
Unfortunately, distractions, high amounts of inputs from media and an overselling of the final results of anything/everything… keep people from ever learning how to do it.
Consistency is the number one way to predict the outcomes of our life, yet we struggle to commit to this single act of will.
And why is consistency so important?
In short, consistency gives us direction, creates long term sustainable results in all aspects of our life and makes us reliable… to ourself and others.
In health, consistency creates a better, fully functioning body and operating system that can heal faster and do more without being overly stressed.
In relationships, consistency makes your significant other know exactly what they can expect of you and what your priorities are, which includes them, the home, the family, everything.
In business, consistency yields measurable results which can be optimized to determine what’s needed with your sales, marketing, operations, overhead, profitability, and more.
The fact is, consistency is the quintessential life saver we’ve all been waiting for, but starts and ends with us… so, we are the answer to our goals, dreams, visions and problems.
In order to create more consistency for ourselves, here are 3 “systems” that made a difference in my life and continue to push my mission forward.
Systems for Time
I’ve often shared the importance of time because it is our most valuable asset, yet how many people treat it with the same energy as money or relationships?
You need systems for time, period.
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5 🔑’s - Calendaring, Prioritizing, Scheduling, Batching and Automating
Calendaring, Prioritizing & Scheduling:
These may not seem “sexy” at first, but they create an operating system for nearly everything else you do with your time.
For me, I use a blend of Google calendar, iCal and Calendly.com to sync up my daily routines, my professional activities / meetings and my personal experiences.
The goal is simple… you need to learn how to design your day or it will run it for you.
Here’s my breakdown…
I wake up at 4:45am but give myself a grace period till 5:15am. Why so early? I get about 3 hours on the world before it begins.
My first activities include gratitude, prayer and journaling, but I immediately move into creativity so I can use my highest productivity hours asap.
I break up the morning into three 90 to 120 min “deep work” sprints. By deep work, I mean no interruptions or distractions while staying highly focused on the activities I’ve already planned within those time blocks.
Sprint 1… creativity and output for me. If we don’t put ourselves first, how can we build up others around us. Within this time, I’ve already determined the “activities” that need my focus which I planned the previous Sunday for the whole week.
Sprint 2… what business needs my attention? Clients? My current systems and automations? Anything I need to build for future proofing my business?
Sprint 3… an extra run of Sprint 2.
In between I schedule exercise/movement, checking in on my financials and nutrition.
My afternoons are simple… they are dedicated to whatever I want to do, but I technically reserve them for meetings, admin work, errands and more exercise.
In short, I use mornings to propel my mission and purpose, I use afternoons to manage them.
Now, let’s look at how we manage the work that’s getting done throughout the day.👇🏼
Batching & Automating:
Knowing what I’m doing with my time is great, but how I use that time is even more important.
I used to have resistance to them because I thought it took away from being more personal or detail oriented.
Then I realized, using systems does not take away from the personalization of your work… it expands it.
Read that again if you need to.
It also helps you create a life.
I read a great book called, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, and it talked about focusing on the vital few instead of the trivial many. That is, when you give attention to the most important aspects of your life and business (aka do less), your output in this world will catapult 10x or 100x.
With that being said, when it comes to work, let’s talk digital and content. It doesn’t matter what business you are in, we live in a digitally connected world that allows you to serve at scale… so serve.
Additionally, you have to look at content as education and not simply photos that get likes and follows.
I don’t care if you’re a CPA, a nutritionist, a veterinarian or a musician… what you do can be used to educate the masses and should. Welcome to your new resume.
Content matters in a world that’s bombarded with information… and if you contextualize the content, you’ll be the authority within your world in which you serve.
That is business my friends.
Hence, in the digital economy, you need systems for getting your work out to the world… and you need systems for serving them through your products and services.
Here’s a short list of what I use to batch and automate?
Content distribution (hypefury.com)
Community development (Community.com)
Podcast preparation (Calendly)
Educational training (Kajabi)
SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures)
Client/Customer onboarding (Ontraport, Monday.com)
Client/Customer outreach (Ontraport, Monday.com)
Client invoicing (Dubsado)
Productizing my 20+ years of digital economy knowledge (Kajabi)
Feel free to take a look at some of those tools above. 😉
Systems for Energy
Without the fundamental basics of having more energy, we cannot contribute to ourselves, our loved ones or the world at large.
Energy management is vital… it fuels how we use our time and how our time gives back to us.
I use the following to produce more energy…
Prayer, Mediation & Journaling - at least 30 to 60 min/day
Movement - at least 5 min of jump rope or 30 min of walking / day
Exercise - 4 to 5 workouts/week - muscle building, functional, cardio, HIIT
Sleep - 8 hours (sleep by 9, up by 5)
Nutrition - Intermittent fasting (14+ hours), supplementation, high fats/proteins (works best for me)
Breathwork & Recovery - Heart Coherence Breathing (5 seconds in thru nose, 5 seconds out thru mouth for 5 minutes); Ice baths (3 to 5 min) and infrared sauna (at least 15 to 20 min)
Funny how the body is the main operating system and controls the output of everything else we do, right?
Of course, the list above is more habitual and less tech, but we mustn’t forget that the original operating system that was given to our soul is our body.
Implementing the above habits (over 3 years) made all the difference in my creativity, mindset, output, productivity, clarity, direction, cognitive and emotions.
Perhaps I’ll do a feature article on this in the future. 😉
Systems for Money
Many may do this, but I found that a relationship with money is not only physical, but spiritual and energetic.
While I do not give financial advice nor consider myself the “go-to” for money systems, I thought I would share a little of what I do.
Second, I look at money in and money out. I want to understand my business cash flow, as well as my outgo, spending habits, investing and savings.
Third, I put all general expenses on autopay.
Fourth, my investments are DCA’d (dollar cost averaged).
Finally, I have a mentor who I go through all other details with, but for the purposes of this article, I try to keep this as simple as possible.
Here’s the deal, I found most of my friends who were already in banking, real estate and financial services were naturally doing this. It’s their job and became a part of their lifestyle.
However, for most of us, we have to learn to implement good financial habits into our overall systems.
The main thing to consider is this, we must manage what we want to multiply. Money is no different.
Even if you’re not where you want to be with money, simply having a relationship with it and treating it with respect, will give you a whole new perspective on making more of it.
TL;DR (Too long; didn’t read)
Consistency is the number one way to predict the outcomes of our life.
Habits create consistency.
Systems make habits consistent.
When we prioritize time and energy, we create more in less time and energy.
Batching and automating our work actually creates more personalization to the people we serve.
H comes before W in the alphabet. Put health first and wealth will follow.
Money is energy… have a loving and respectful relationship with it and watch it love and respect you back.
Read this week’s Simplify, Multiply, Diversify below…👇🏼
Consistency is your way of telling God that you’ll be prepared when your turn is called.
When we are consistent, we are ready.
When we are ready, opportunities meet us.
Consistency prepares you for predictable outcomes because you’re already moving in the energy of them.
Consistency compounds. Systems compound the compound rate.
The over-scheduled life is not worth living. The under-scheduled life has no direction.
If we over-schedule, we become busy doing too many things without thinking about why we're doing them and we never get a moment to
enjoy the present
move more intentionally from the right activities
have zero flexibility for life to happen
manage our energy
If we under-schedule, we can keep ourselves stagnant from a lack of
movement and creativity
access to what's trying to meet us in our pursuit of life
gaining momentum for the things that matter
direction that comes from pursuing purpose
The healthy middle?
Schedule time for things that matter, say no to 90% of everything else.
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