It’s hard. It’s hard doing something day in, day out. It’s hard not missing a day or a week or a month. It’s hard, for real. Consistency is tiring at times, tedious, but it is what makes great work. Consistency requires iron-like discipline. I am consistent but recently, I am not afraid or ashamed to say I fell off the “consistency-wagon”.
I started writing daily in 2016. I haven’t missed a day of writing in 6 years. I won’t lie; I am profoundly proud of the work I have done the past 6 years. I have been able to do so through discipline, but mostly consistency. I have been consistent, and it has been the craziest ride of my life. I mean, I have written every day for the past 2190 days at least. Every day, I write something. It could be a few lines or several pages. The idea is to write as much as possible. Today, writing has become second nature to me. I don’t even think about it anymore; I just sit down and write.
However, I must clarify something; even if I write every day, I don’t publish every day. I do spend most of my time thinking and writing, but publishing is a whole other business. Before publishing something online, I need to make sure the piece I am sharing is right. What does “right” mean in this case? The various texts need to meet certain requirements, such as sources, vocabulary, syntax, cadence, and so much more. I cannot go around publishing rubbish texts or lies! Therefore, I spend a lot of time refining, editing, deleting, rewriting the texts to meet my own standards. I only publish when I am satisfied with the quality of a text. Sometimes, a text can sit around in my computer for days, weeks and occasionally months before being published.
On my blog, the texts are quite long. They are usually 1 to 2 pages long, sometimes 3 pages long. I also have an Instagram page where I publish short texts daily. The latter don’t require a lot of work. They are similar to small thoughts of the day, and they are easy to write. Therefore, it is easier to be consistent on Instagram.
By publishing more on Instagram, slowly but surely, my main focus turned to Instagram more and my blog took a hit. I didn’t even realize that until a few weeks ago. I guess I was still being consistent with writing, but my consistency had shifted, and not in a way I am comfortable with. Slowly, I saw the focus change, but I tried to downplay it and I found a myriad reasons for that shift, justifying everything to make myself feel better.
Nevertheless, I did let my blog, my baby, down. For the past 3 years, I would publish 2-3 texts per week on my blog. Today, I barely publish 2-3 per month. I had to sit down and rethink my approach about this writing thing, and it brought me back to consistency. I am not afraid to say I have become slightly lazy when it comes to writing. Instagram took away my writing and publishing consistency. Yet, Instagram isn’t entirely to blame. I got some personal stuff going on which have taken my focus away.
When things are going well, it is quite easy to move forward and be consistent, disciplined, polite, nice, and positive. The true test comes when things don’t go according to plan. What happens then? How does one stay consistent, disciplined, polite, nice, and positive? That is the million-dollar question.
I have one answer, which suits me: I must go back to the basics. I also realized this newfound consistency on Instagram could be applied to my blog. Why not? After all, I am a writer. I should write more and be consistent on both platforms. I can do that; I simply need to apply myself. Writing is easy for me, right? Therefore, writing for both platforms should be a walk in the park. And it is. I am writing this for my blog, and it barely took me 45 minutes. There are 24 hours in a day… I mean, what’s 45 minutes in a day? It’s literally nothing.
By the way, I am consistent in other areas of my life. How could I not be consistent in the one area I love and cherish the most? It doesn’t make sense. If anything, I should be more consistent on my blog, this jewel of mine which has given me so much joy, purpose, drive, professional opportunities, and also discipline in other areas of my life. Writing has done wonders for me.
My consistency took a hit because of the many personal things that are plaguing me. Even more reason to go back to the basics. We always feel secure in our own backyard. We always feel secure doing things that work for us and that give us meaning. I have neglected my blog and overall, I also have neglected my body of work. By not being consistent on my blog, I realized my writing could take a hit and slowly decrease in quality and quantity. That possible scenario is simply unacceptable in my eyes. I need to write and publish on my blog, on my Instagram page. Basically, I need to write and publish more. It’s not like I am running out of inspiration. THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.
Now I must be consistent on both platforms. It is a challenge, and I must meet this challenge and crush it. Consistency is key and the hardest part of any great thing one could ever accomplish. Easy things can be done in a blink of an eye. However, hard things require discipline and courage. I am fairly disciplined, but I must step my game up, and I will. Consistency is the one thing that will help me go to the next level. I know consistency will bring quality, and it will make me a better writer and ultimately a better human being.
Writing has given me more than I could ever imagine. Writing has brought countless blessings in my life. However, those blessings mean nothing if I don’t do the necessary work to be worthy of people’s loyalty. Whether I like it or not, given my chosen profession, I have a responsibility towards my readers and most importantly, I have a responsibility towards myself. I am accountable to myself first and foremost.
Now that I think about it, consistency has brought me this far…It would be profoundly insulting to drop everything now or to take things for granted. As Rip Wheeler in the show Yellowstone once said, “don’t think you deserve it. You never will. You can only try to live up to it.”
That’s how I move in life. I consider that I don’t deserve anything. I gotta go get it, and consistency will get me there. No matter how hard it is.
Just one man’s opinion.
Now smile and go on with your day!