If you had to pick just one skill to build – what would you choose? Would it be communication, problem-solving, time management, flexibility or something else?

The good news is, we never have to pick just one skill, but let’s say we did.  Having given it some thought, for me, I would choose Consistency. I choose this because this builds a habit and ultimately, it’s habits that determine how we want our future paths to look.

So what does being consistent mean? According to dictionary.com, it means constantly adhering to the same principles, course, form, etc.

Let’s say we want to be fitter, being consistent with intermittent fasting, eating vegetables or cutting out unhealthy snacks will show their effects. After a while of being consistent with an exercise, a workout will tone certain areas or increase muscle gain. 

Many social media experts advocate being consistent with producing content, liking and commenting on other’s posts in order to improve visibility for a brand. 

I think most people start out wanting to be consistent and then something happens that makes them fall off the bandwagon. James Clear, author of Atomic Habits advocates planning for failure (2). It’s not that you expect to fail, rather know what to do if your well laid out plans don’t work out and how you can get back on the bandwagon as soon as possible.

So where would you like to use the skill of consistency?


  1. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/consistent 
  2. https://jamesclear.com/plan-failure