City In The Sky


5 min

On Inconsistency

You plan
to make a plan
you can show up to,
to consistently deliver
according to plan.

You deliver
with consistency,
according to plan.

Your progress
is impossible to measure
without some measurable
degree of inconsistency.

3 ideas + 3 questions on inconsistency, from me.

Consistency is about achieving an unwavering level of performance over time. Consistency is about bringing new behaviours (e.g. routines, habits, & goals) to your daily actions to help you bring big dreams to life. Consistency is a foundation for your growth and development.

While you often achieve a high level of performance, not everything proceeds according to plan in the daily journey of bringing big dreams to life. Wavering levels of performance and other unplanned inconsistencies appear in your daily pursuit of excellence.

You may declare: if I focus on increasing consistency and eliminating inconsistency, I will get better, faster.

Rather than seeing inconsistency as something you need to eliminate to make your life better, to help you get where you need to go faster. Experiment with reframing your view. Your experience of inconsistency has its benefits. It reminds you to be flexible, adaptable, spontaneous, and creative. It challenges you to reach out of your comfort zone. Experiment. Allow for unplanned departures from your routines, habits and goals. Inconsistency helps you let go of your dreams a bit. It shows you how important your dreams really are to you. The unplanned detours of life often lead to unexpected opportunities and insights.

Growth often happens in the spaces between planned actions. Are you experiencing inconsistency today? Accept it. Appreciate it. Reflect on it. Understand it. Here are a few ideas to help you contemplate moments of inconsistency:

  1. The Principle of Inconsistency: 
    Imagine inconsistency is a valuable principle helping you to develop new strategies, enhance creativity, and become more flexible.

  2. The Compass of Inconsistency: 
    Imagine inconsistency is a compass you use to help you discover where you have lost direction. It helps you make adjustments to more effectively bring big dreams to life.

  3. The Natural Rhythm of Consistency:
    Imagine you experience consistency as a set of flexible and variable states aligned with your natural energy flow. This variation aligns with your needs for self-care, renewal and restoration. As a result of ensuring you are consistently restored, you experience better endurance in productivity, an increase in performance and better overall progress.

Inconsistency as a catalyst for your transformation:

  1. Inconsistency and Uncertainty
    How does your experience of inconsistency help you better understand your experience of uncertainty?

  2. Inconsistency and Ingenuity
    How does inconsistency enhance your creativity and problem-solving capacities?

  3. Inconsistency and Progress:
    How does inconsistency help you bring big goals to life?

3 insights on consistency, from others.

Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
Tony Robbins

Consistency in work is not about rigid adherence to rules, but about creating a reliable rhythm for creativity to flourish.
Peter Drucker

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Originally written by Robin Lynn for City In The Sky