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Why Frequency and Consistency are Powerful Tools for Creating Habits

Map of the Unites States with an arrow between Los Angeles, CA and New York City, and an arrow between Los Angeles and Washington DC to demonstrate how frequent habits can alter your destination

Success is not a one-time event, but rather a result of consistent, daily habits. These habits are the building blocks of success, and mastering them is essential for achieving your goals and living a fulfilling life.

Can you imagine driving down a street and never touching your steering wheel? You would go off course - perhaps it's because the tires need to be aligned or because no road is perfectly straight or because you need to avoid a pothole or something else in the road. To get to your destination, you make consistent, frequent, small adjustments.

In the book, Atomic Habits, author James Clear uses an example of how a plane frequently and consistently course corrects. If a plane leaves LA and heads east, a change in its path of just a few degrees means the difference between landing in New York vs. Washington DC. These small adjustments are hardly noticeable at any given moment in time. The end result of all of these small changes is substantial!

Why Are Habits Important for Success?

Habits are behaviors that we do automatically, without much thought or effort. They are deeply ingrained in our daily routines and have a significant impact on our lives. Successful habits are those that align with our goals and values and help us move closer to achieving them. They are the key to unlocking our full potential and living a life of purpose and fulfillment.

Consistency is Key

The power of habits lies in their consistency. By repeating a behavior over and over again, it becomes second nature, and we no longer have to consciously think about it. This frees up mental energy and allows us to focus on other tasks and goals.

Consistency is especially crucial for success because it allows us to make progress towards our goals every day. Small, consistent actions add up over time and lead to significant results. When we build in small, frequent, consistent habits, we can alter our paths and make the life changes we want or reach the goals that we set.


We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act, but a habit.



Habits Shape Our Identity

Our habits are a reflection of who we are and what we believe in. They shape our identity and determine our future. By creating successful habits, we are not only improving our actions but also our mindset and beliefs.

Jerry Seinfeld, the comedian, actor, writer, producer, is said to write at least a joke every day. He marks a big red X on his calendar every day that he writes. By tracking and seeing his progress every day, he is encouraged to keep the chain of red Xs going. As he is writing his jokes, he doesn't focus on whether the joke works or not. Instead, he is focused on his process and his progress over months and years. It's his consistency that produces results. And it is working for him!

I have found that early in the morning is the best time for me to work on my own self-improvement path. I wake up at 5:30 most mornings, get ready, fix coffee, and start writing (or walking or pulling weeds...) This time of day has worked for me because nothing else tends to get in the way. I have a friend who does her best work after 10 PM. Others may find Saturday morning to be the best time of the week. The time of day is not nearly as important as consistency.

How to Create Habits for Success

Creating successful habits is not an easy task, but with the right techniques and mindset, it is achievable. Here are some tips to help you create habits that lead to success.

Start Small

One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to create new habits is taking on too much at once. This can quickly lead to burnout and failure. Instead, start small and focus on one habit at a time. This allows you to build momentum and increases your chances of success. Once the habit becomes automatic, you can add another one to your routine.

Set Clear and Specific Goals

Having a clear and specific goal in mind is crucial for creating successful habits. It gives you a sense of direction and purpose, making it easier to stay motivated and focused.

For example, if your goal is to become a successful writer, your habit could be to write for 10 minutes every day. This specific goal gives you a clear action to take and a measurable way to track your progress.

Determine Your Frequency

When establishing your habits, it's important to perform them with a certain amount of frequency because that can be the bridge between goals and accomplishment. It is the ability to do what needs to be done, even when you don't feel like it.

Successful habits require discipline, as they often involve doing things that are challenging or stretch beyond your comfort zone. However, with discipline, these actions become easier over time, and the results are well worth the effort.


These are small habits that work best when done consistently. I know that you can do these steps! Channel your inner Jerry Seinfeld, pull out your calendar and red marker, and don't break the chain!

I'd love to know - where have you seen small habits successfully impact your life? What dreams do you have that implementing frequent and consistent habits could help you achieve?


Are you looking for more ways to motivate yourself? Check out this 4-step framework: How to Motivate Yourself Even When You Don't Feel Like It.


James Clear has created an app for the iPhone called Atoms. I've just started experimenting with it, but it seems to be simple to use! Let me know what you think if you try it out!


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