The power of consistency

Cariboo Falls

Cariboo Falls

Golf is an interesting game.   Two F- words  come to mind: tears-and-frustrationfascination and frustration.  Just when you think you have it figured out… everything seems to go sideways. Some have suggested that the game is a microcosm of life. Maybe so…  there are lessons that can be learned from the game.  A key lesson that has implications for life is that of CONSISTENCY.

One definition of consistency is ” the steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.” Publilius Syrus is reputed to have written that “practice is the best of all instructors.” I would modify that statement a bit to suggest that “frequent, good practice is the best of all instructors.”  In golf, the score matters but it’s not the most important focus. Focus on the consistent execution of good stroke mechanics means that you will strike the ball well time and time again.  Consistent good execution will affect your score positively.

As in golf so in life.  Consistency in life is linked to self-discipline.  What are those choices and actions that we must make (take) in our daily lives that constitute a”long obedience in the same direction”?. The journey matters.  Consistency is about taking those steps, day in and day out,that will keep us on the right path.

Excellence is linked to consistency.  From the Old Testament book of Proverbs comes this IMG_0690statement: “Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.”  How does a person become skilled or excellent in what they do? I would suggest that it is by a dedication to frequent, consistent, good practice.

Trustworthiness and integrity are linked to consistency. What will we choose? How will we choose? Our impact in this life and beyond – our legacy- is linked to consistency.

Leave a comment.  Pass it on. Thanks for stopping by.

Cliff {AMDG}


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One Response to The power of consistency

  1. Gary Clarke

    Fantastic- although those were not the “F” words I was thinking about…
    Golf, as Life, can be truly humbling at times- just when you think you have it “figured out”. A couple of years ago, I shot an EAGLE on a par 4. Huge drive- then a 40 foot putt. Accolades, and chest thumping…
    Next hole, a simple par 3, a huge pull into the water far to the left… Silence and crickets from the rest of the group. I was human again.
    I agree totally with your call to character and consistency… but Golf asks us another question- namely: “How do we avoid being consistently wrong in certain areas ?”

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