It isn’t enough to be great, you need to be consistent

Sorry, unpredictable geniuses out there, but your occasional bursts of brilliance ain’t enough to build a career on:

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The Under-Appreciated Benefits of Creative Consistency
by Gregory Ciotti

It’s familiar advice to anyone who pursues creative endeavors: the typical creative process isn’t one punctuated by bursts of brilliance, but is instead a long term development of a consistent work habit. Consistency doesn’t count for everything, but it sure counts for a whole lot.

With the many land mines out there, ready to derail even the most talented of people, “showing up” regularly offers undeniable benefits. Some of these perks often go overlooked.

For those excited to make progress this year, let’s keep in mind all of the advantages at our disposal when we have an enviable attendance record:

Consistency Begets Consistency

A person in motion stays in motion, unless acted upon by a Netflix binge session. The creative mind is much like machinery. Too much work and you overload it, too little and a decrepit state of rusty thinking awaits you. Keep the process humming by allowing the steady flow of work to never let the mental cobwebs settle.

When you’re consistent, it means never having to restart. “I’m getting back into the swing of things,” famous last words uttered by countless people with schedules as reliable as the weather. Constant progress keeps morale high, keeps enthusiasm brimming, and increases your investment in a project—nobody wants to break the chain once it’s gotten results.

Consistency Trumps Goal-Setting

When Scott Adams declared that ” goals are for losers,” the web went into a frenzy. The point he was trying to make was that the process is more important than the goal—what you do everyday matters more than what you plan to accomplish.

You can aim to become a famous author, or you can bleed a thousand words per day onto the page come hell or high water. You can aim to play Für Elise on the piano by March, or you can design the habit that regularly gets you in front of the keys for thirty minutes after work.

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