Discipline vs. consistency
Discipline: A controlled behavior; self-control.
Consistency: Local coherence. Correspondence or compatibility. Reliability or uniformity; the quality of being consistent.
If you aim for more stability and lasting change for the better, you need to be consistent with things you need to do in addition to achieve this.
You don’t need a military strict discipline for it though. This goes for literally everything in life. Also, you don’t need to be consistent in everything you do, to see yourself as consistent.
For example: I’m very consistent with my exercise. Do I work out every single day at the same time and do the same exercise? Of course not.
I do workout regularly though. I go at least for a walk daily and I do strength training at least 3 times per week. For 7 years now.
I eat healthily, but I don’t watch my calories strictly, because I’m not aiming for a bikini body competition nor am I feeding my past eating disorders. My goal is to feel good and stay healthy, which I do.
There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to consistency. Or Discipline.
You can change your mind. If something doesn’t work for you, well there is no point in sticking to it, even though it might work for others.
I’ll be honest with you, consistency isn’t my forte in some areas, no matter how hard I try. I never achieved good financial independence because of that. Apart from this, I actually achieved many of my goals. I can be very disciplined with some things (even too disciplined) and very undisciplined with others. What about you?
I’m consistent with changing my mind a lot and doing lots of different things.
Can this be good?
This can help you to live your life to the fullest. It helps you to try and learn more. You might fail in other areas because of it, which matters just as much as these things matter to you.
You can be more consistent if you set yourself a meaningful and achievable goal.
Speaking of meaningful, I’ve decided to make my last challenge permanent. I can’t see much good in it for me if I stick to it just for a week. Who’s with me? 🙂
At the end of the day, both consistency and discipline matter. It’s completely up to you to decide what would you like to be consistent and disciplined with more and what less.
We all die at the end, and you can only do so much in one life.
What would you like to be consistent/disciplined with more and why? How can you achieve this?