Understand that consistency is essential; nothing is achieved without it.
Consistency is the key to pretty much everything we do in life. We must strive for it in our relationships, jobs, rearing children, etc. Damn near everything we do is based on how consistent we are at it. In this post I will discuss why I feel that consistent behavior is imperative to becoming a more wholesome person. I may take the scenic route but I promise you we will get there. The following is an excerpt from my next post.
They say that in order to get better at something, one must make practice a consistent priority. This is customary to all things challenging. Over the past seven weeks, I have been trying to write at least 500 words a day. I have been doing this because I want to expand my creative realm by constantly opening new doors to the depths of my perception in all things philosophical, political, religious and spiritual. In sitting down and writing, I find solace and tranquility. A sort of peace of mind, that I don’t think I’ve really ever felt. I feel connected to something that carries itself in a transcendent manner. I feel like a finally have a role defined for me in this thing called life. I know that I have a role as a husband to my wife and a father to my child. Yes, they will always come first. But I yearn to leave them with something that carries weight with it for the years that follow after I’m gone. And I honestly believe, that something is my words.
It was almost two months ago when this blog started shaking itself out in my head. It took a lot of work for me to get her going but the results have proven fruitful. I just needed to be consistent in my daily routine and to get very well organized. More on those later. I’ve always known that I had a knack for putting words on paper. I just never really followed through on the random ideas that worked their way through my heart and parked themselves in the “economy parking ” of my thoughts. It was about the first week of December, during my morning commute a song came over the radio. It was one I hadn’t heard in awhile. Then it hit me like a shit-ton of bricks. It was time. Time to take my fears and bury them with all of the other bullshit reasons I decided to put off my writing. I could no longer make up excuses for myself. It was time for my voice to be heard whether an audience was ready or not. It was a moment of inner bliss. I’m not sure if it was the thunder thumping inside of me or if it was the flash of lightning lighting up the horizon of my heart. Whatever it was, it is definitely heavy and I can no longer allow it to be taken lightly………
I don’t know where I am going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.
– David Bowie
It has been my career as a chef that has taught me the effectiveness of constant consistency. Consistency is paramount above all else in the industry of the Culinary Arts. Being a chef may very well be one of the reasons why I haven’t allowed my writing the necessary room to breathe and to creatively grow. All of my creative juices were focused on creating dishes and basic flow and functionality of restaurants. The kitchen life is a rugged one. One that doesn’t allow much time for any sort of personal life and can suck the energy right out of you on any given day off. The culinary world has a way of turning strengths into weakness and making the weak become strong. I’ve seen grown men crying and young women walk over them while laughing and getting his job done. The kitchen is not a place where inconsistency can be tolerated. When we apply the simplistic idea of consistency in everything we do, day in and day out; there becomes a balance that provokes a positive flow towards all things successful.
In all my years in the industry, I had always been so enthralled by the adrenaline rush that enveloped me as the shit was hitting the fan. It was always so satisfying to witness firsthand the struggle that makes us tick in the kitchenbecome our strength as we filled up hot windows, stacked paper and restocked dishware. Confidence was king and whomever screwed up the most was buying the first round. Over the years I had always thought that there was something philosophical about how steady and fluid kitchens can run if everybody is in tune with one another. So I then forged my own theoretical idea towards my curiosity. I dubbed it “The 3 C’s”. Pretty generic, I know, but true nonetheless.
Communication + Consistency = Camaraderie
From this simple formula, one can build a dynamic team atmosphere. I suggest that through unhinged communication we maximize the power of consistency which leads to a consummate camaraderie. I feel that this simple formula is crucial to any sort of team-building atmosphere. I honestly believe that you can’t achieve this sort of dynamic through the monotonous tone of most Human Resources soul-sucking workshops. You have to be behind enemy lines, in the midst of it all to recognize the weaknesses and lead those weak to the promised land by setting the example of strength. In the thought of remedy being the soul of wit. I am going to cut this one a little short and get on about my business for the day….Just remember that by communicating consistently, consistent behavior becomes second nature. From there trust is steadily built and the team begins to believe in each other and from there they form a bond that will accompany with it, steady results.