Consistently inconsistent

Consistency. It's something we all need. But something we all struggle with. At least I do. But like a ship without a rudder,  without consistency our lives are all over the place with no direction. I was thinking about that the other day I was in “the mood” to get a lot done. And I did. But not too long after that I was tired. Burned out. Didn't get much of anything done at all for the rest of the day and into the next. I wasn't consistent.

 Go, Stop, Repeat.

I’m sure you get frustrated, just as I do, when driving in heavy traffic that goes along smoothly for a mile or two then comes to a dead stop for apparently no reason at all. Makes me wonder why people can't set a consistent speed. And I think that applies to other things in life as well, like music for example. We go like crazy when we we’re in “the mood”. Something motivates and inspires us and we got a lot done. We write songs, book gigs, record, make social media posts. But then we burnout and come to a screeching halt. We get tired, busy with other things and nothing happens in our music. We're not consistent. I've been there, how about you?

“It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
Photo by DAVIDCOHEN on Unsplash

Photo by DAVIDCOHEN on Unsplash

So what can we do?

I think there are two things to think about here. First, be aware that the low times will come, and decide ahead of time what you’ll do about them. At the very least (and most important), remember WHY you’re doing this, and decide “I will not quit”. We need to do the things that are necessary to further our music ministries even when we don't feel like it. Write the song, make the post, record the video, book the gig, do what's needed even when the mood and motivation are not there. Remember that for many aspects of your music, you don’t always need a huge dose of inspiration. But you do need a big dose of commitment.

 

And just as important, when the mood and the motivation and the excitement are flowing freely, we need to resist the temptation to overdo it, which can lead to burnout, discouragement and more inconsistency. As the old adage goes - slow and steady really does win the race.