Consistency alone is not of real value if the things about which we are consistent are not useful.
It is good to be consistent, as long as the things about which we are consistent are making our lives or the lives of others better. No one would argue that it is good to be consistently rude, selfish, disorganized, or tardy. In fact, with these attributes, less consistency would probably be much more desirable and even appreciated by others.
The secret then, is to pinpoint the areas in our lives that give us and those around us the most positive benefit, and to be consistent in those things. We must discover which actions, if taken consistently, have the greatest positive impact on our health, our happiness, and both our spiritual-emotional and our financial well-being.
Being consistent with our sleep schedules, our diets, and our exercise routines, for example, are all ways we can create a positive downstream effect on all other facets of our lives. When we take care of ourselves, we are more able to take care of others. Beyond our basic needs, we should seek out that which gives us deep and consistent joy, and be consistent with that.
Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.
-Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body, Severna Park’s Holistic Chamber of Commerce, and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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