We have to be consistent

Be Consistent: Why It Is So Important

To be consequent with children, being consistent with oneself, being consistent in a partnership - how do I stay consistent? We encounter consistent and inconsistent action in many contexts, including at work. It is undisputed that it is important to be consistent. This is especially evident when you consider the consequences of inconsistency: I want to lose weight, but the bastard is bigger. How I would like to learn a new foreign language, but somehow I don't have the time. Just what exactly does being consistent mean?

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

Be consistent definition: what does that mean?

The adjective consequent is derived from Latin consequens = consistent or consequi = reach, catch up, follow, follow logically. Accordingly, its German meaning is that something factually and logically compelling or a person steadfast, is determined.

Synonyms for being consistent are:

  • be persistent
  • be iron
  • be consistent
  • be straight forward
  • be persistent
  • be logical
  • to be natural
  • be conclusive
  • be steadfast
  • be straight
  • be strictly
  • be stringent
  • be stubborn
  • be steadfast
  • be undeterred
  • be unshakable
  • be dogged
  • be tough

Be consistent: not just in upbringing

Everyone has probably seen what it means to be consistent with children. This is of course not that easy, especially as a parent it means unpopular measures To have to take: No, after brushing your teeth no more sweets are eaten.

The point is to give the child certain clues that either disputes and Preventing Conflicts or even his Serve protection. For example, when tooth decay is to be avoided, as in the example above. Or the dirty clothes are not stuffed into the laundry bin provided for this purpose, instead one parent can look for the laundry that is distributed everywhere in the apartment and in the end has twice as much work as if he had prevailed in his request.

Being consistent also means be steadfast and show assertiveness when things get uncomfortable and someone else is mad at you.

In the case of children, this means that rules have to be explained in a way that they can understand. And it must be absolutely clear that the hit Agreements and rules binding for all family members are - if the child sees, for example, the parents eating sweets after brushing their teeth, this is likely to cause explanations.

So be consistent

Being consistent with yourself means a form of self-management and means that you do things accordingly. However, this requires a certain amount of planning, because you should consider what you are going to use change or even do it want and implement these things at the appointed time.

But that also means that you Excuses or postponing avoid these things. Incidentally, there are two essential points for successful people: planning and implementation.

How do you become more consistent?

Are you annoyed with yourself because you have let yourself be softened again, relieve your colleague of work and as a result you are home much later? Or have you been planning to attend a course for a year that could help you advance professionally, but you can't pull yourself off?

We have collected a few tips here that can help you with this:

  • Choose realistic goals.

    Do you want to lose 30 kilos, learn to speak five foreign languages ​​fluently, attend four 15-hour weekend seminars on project management, and also quit smoking, all in three months? These are ambitious goals, but above all unrealistic ones - at least considered all at once. The problem is that frustration is inevitable because you will probably reach your limits in the middle. Instead, set priorities and take a close look at what is feasible - perhaps a little less of everything or tackle one thing in a targeted manner, but above all pursue it consistently.

  • Listen to yourself.

    It is not only important that the intended goals are realistic. For success, it is just as important to ask yourself whether these are your goals at all? If you do something because others want you to do it, you will be half-heartedly looking into it. You will feel internal resistance and in the end you will not be as consistent as it would be necessary for success. In the case of colleagues constantly begging for help, listening to yourself could also lead to the realization that you are inconsistent because you really don't want to say no? You may enjoy the feeling of being needed.

  • Build in routines.

    Routine sounds boring at first glance. But the advantage is: at some point the plot becomes part of our flesh and blood. This means that even things that might be difficult or costly to overcome become easier over time. For this it is helpful to set a fixed date or a rule and stick to it. For example, many people have a fixed morning routine. How it looks in practice is entirely up to you. Some play sports, others take their dogs for a walk, and some read. It is only important that you stick with it for the long term and do not make any exceptions (except in the event of illness or previously planned, such as on the weekend).

  • Find a colleague.

    A friend or colleague can be the ideal support, especially when it comes to defeating your weaker self. For example, if you've signed up for the gym, you will probably have a harder time disappointing your ambitious friend than if you did your workout all by yourself. Another advantage of having a colleague is that you can exchange ideas and motivate each other and compare learning successes.

  • Trick yourself.

    You can also take on the role of parenting towards yourself by “punishing” yourself if you fail to do something even though you could have done it. For example, you skipped the language course twice because the weather was great outside. Resolve to practice half an hour longer than usual. Or you toss two euros into a piggy bank for every misstep. With the money you save, you will at some point be able to afford something nice.

  • Don't be too strict with yourself.

    In spite of all of this: If everything doesn't work out right away, you shouldn't turn your missteps into a major catastrophe. That is even more demotivating and would be completely exaggerated, because a routine does not come about overnight. Instead, perseverance is required here. And check: Consistency does not mean whoever says A must also say B. Consistency can also mean recognizing that something no longer fits the original goals and acting accordingly.

Inconsistency can be costly

What does inconsistent action look like? Perhaps you have come across one or the other phenomenon at work. Colleagues who swear they're guaranteed to take on a shift next time.

Or superiors who get through empty promises distinguish: Salary increases, promotions or even support from new equipment are promised, but no one looks to see whether that is at all will be realized can. The result: disappointed employees and a broken promise.

Whoever promises things prematurely in order to take them back later loses his credibility and loses confidence the employee. Will the boss also fail to keep other promises? If something like this has a system, it can, in the worst case, lead to well-trained specialists leaving the company.

Inconsistency can also result in supposedly harmless ones Incidents such as a lack of preparation demonstrate. If, for example, the managing director arrives for a meeting and then appears unpunctual and unprepared: He not only steals valuable time from his employees that has to be reworked, but also throws quantifiable costs into the sand.

The other way round also shows in being consistent Leadership skills: The manager is ready to stand up for their actions and gives their employees a clear line that they themselves follow.

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22nd September 2020Author: Anja Rassek

Anja Rassek studied, among other things, German at the WWU in Münster. She worked for community radio and a publisher. Here she devotes herself to topics relating to the office, everyday work and studies.

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