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Whether youíre a student-intern, an executive, or part of the team handling day-to-day operations, youíve probably thought more than once about what you bring to the table within your organization. What do you feel is your greatest asset? Chances are, consistency never tops the listóbut perhaps it should.

Regardless of whether you're a undergraduate student, radiation technician or an influential award-winning athlete, you ought to understand the power of consistency in your professional life.

While many people think innovation, passion, and raw talent are the greatest assets you can possess in the workplace, the truth is simpler: consistency is actually more important than any of these assets. Sure, itís great to be innovative and dynamic, but unless thereís substance and action behind your ideas, innovation and talent alone wonít get you very far. Here are a few reasons consistency can be your greatest asset in the workplace.

It Builds Trust

When we first meet people and begin to work with them, we set our expectations of their performance, based on their initial output and enthusiasm. If they donít continue to meet those expectations, we begin to lose trust in them. Consistency, on the other hand, builds trust. Thatís because your manager will know that you can be counted on to carry out a task if asked, or deliver a certain level of work on a consistent basis. Thatís incredibly valuable to your teamís productivity and overall success. Trust and consistency are required for a healthy workplace. The more trust your team has in you, the more responsibility youíll gain, and you may get opportunities for advancement.

You Wonít Burn Out

Focusing on the process and not the results is key for preventing burnout. Stressing about the results of what youíre working on wonít make you more productive or better at your jobóyouíll just be more stressed and prone to burnout. To help with this, it is essential to not overwork yourself too much, especially if you're an intern. People who focus on consistent routines and actions, however, will have more success in their work and enjoy more career opportunities in tasks focused fields.

Managers and executives, I know you're reading this, and you should be! Because one of your biggest responsibilities is to make sure that your employees keep from burning out. Right now you might be asking why - well for one, do you know how much money businesses lose due to
losing employees?

Keeping your employees satisfied and motivated is especially important when you're working in an industry where there is a limited talent, such as data scientists or nursing. The latter is an especially good example, as recent research has shown that by 2025 there is expected to need approximately 260,000 nurses. Looking to avoid losing money and wasting resources replacing a multitude of jobs? Then make sure your employees don't burn out!

Itís Required for Long Term Results

You canít just put in an hour here and an hour there to get long-term resultsólife doesnít work that way. Think about it this way: if you had attended your college classes just a few times each semester, would you have passed your classes? If you went to the gym once a month, would you get fit? Great monuments werenít built in a day, and if youíre working on a big project, youíll need to be consistent day in and day out. Try breaking tasks up into smaller pieces to keep it from being overwhelming. Working on things a little at a time without procrastinating makes quality, long term results possible.

Consistent Actions Matter

Most of us want to make changes in our lives and our careers. We want to climb the corporate ladder, be healthier or become more fulfilled. But how much time do most people spend working on these goals with consistent action, rather than thinking about them or talking about them? A lot. People who take consistent action, however, are more likely to reach their goals, for the simple reason that their actions add up over time.

Can You Improve Your Consistency?

One of the reasons consistency is so valuable is that it can be difficult to attain. Itís not easy to form new habitsóresearch shows that it takes a minimum of 21 days. This is why so many people who vow to go to the gym regularly or cook their meals at home donít end up following through. They start off strong, but are not able to take the consistent actions required to continue these healthy habits indefinitely. However, that doesnít mean you wonít be able to improve your consistency. That means saying no to the voice in your head telling you that skipping one day wonít matter, or putting off a report doesnít affect you. Take responsibility, and realize that you are in control of your own consistency. Weíre all capable of it (think about itóyou show up to work every day!), so start thinking about how you can turn consistency into your greatest asset.

Originally published: Innovation Management
Posted By: Ryan Ayers
Friday, November 10th 2017 at 3:04PM
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