“A consistent man believes in destiny, a silly man; chance.” – Benjamin Disraeli
DEFINITION: The ability to replicate a process or activity with the same level of quality over and over again.
People everywhere look for consistency in their lives. Employers look for employees that consistently show up for work. People look for friends that they can consistently count on. Spouses are looking for partners that are faithful, consistent and dependable. Football coaches look for players who they can trust to consistently give 100% effort, consistently align properly and to consistently execute their jobs.
Consistency is a very important component of long term success. In order to succeed in sports and life you don’t always have to be the best, many do so by being consistent. Baseball’s Cal Ripken is someone that made it to the Baseball Hall of Fame, through his consistency.
On September 6th, 1995, Ripken became baseball’s “Iron Man” by playing in 2,130 consecutive games. He had not missed a game since May 30, 1982, plaything through fatigue, injury and illness. On September 20, 1998, Ripken finally took a day off work, leaving his streak of most consecutive games played at an astounding 2,632. This is considered to be a record that will never be broken according to most sports historians. He also set a shortstop record by playing ninety-five games without committing an error.
While Ripken never led the major leagues in hits, batting average or home runs, his consistency allowed him to be named to the All-Star team 19 times and was named to baseball’s hall of fame. Ripken’s lifetime batting average was .276