As a swimmer I learnt the pretty obvious rule of - hard work and consistent training will give results. Of course this is true, in anything we do in life, whether it be sport, cooking, writing, speaking, etc. It make sense that the more you do an activity at a greater level the better at it your will get - this is what creates experts, specialists and professionals.
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When I was a swimmer I would train the same time, every week, with a cycle of training sessions. Each session would focus on a particular aspect of swimming, whether that was a particular stroke, length, drill, style, or starts/turns/finishes. All of these aspects were then bought together in the racing, where each stroke, each turn, each kick was so ingrained in me that it seemed almost easy to race. Your body knew what it had to do.
When I speak now I notice that the more I do it the more it is becoming almost like second nature to me. Don't get me wrong, I get nerves (just like I did before a race), but they are productive nerves (productive nerves - another blog post?). I know, however, exactly what I am going to talk about, I know how I am going to stand, how I am going to interact with the audience, how I am going to open dialogue at the end of my talk. This all comes with practice, repetition, and consistency. Building up a consistent standard hones your skills, gives you the confidence that, each time you can nail that talk, nail that race, nail that recipe, article, photograph, etc.
Now don't get me wrong, consistency doesn't mean you can't change, or open yourself to growth. Nope, in fact consistency can allow you to see where you can improve, where you can alter and change things for the better - to create a new level of consistence.
Just know that being consistent means you are reliable, people know what they can expect from you, and you can be at your best. Be constantly good in every thing that you do and the effort will pay off. The results will come and you may even suprise yourself with what you can achieve.
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