Coaching Corner: The magic of consistency!
By Marilou Butcher Roth, Master Coach
Earlier this week, I was illustrating the idea of consistency with one of my favorite stories, which I would like to share with you now. As some of you know, I have two sets of twins who are two years apart, which provided endless amounts of fun, love and work! I can safely say that the avenue to my survival was consistency, creating and planning for different activities throughout our week.
As they became older and my second set was in their senior year of high school, I realized that I needed more time, it was all going much too fast. We all had our busy lives by then, and yet it was a complete agreement that Tuesday nights would become “Butcher Boy Dinner Nights,” for as long as we could make this happen, which it did until the last two went to Ohio State.
Fast forward several years and one of my sons now had his son, and made the request that the two of them schedule a consistent time to come for dinner. Great! In asking him what night might work best, I was pleasantly surprised to have his answer be “Tuesday!” When my grandson was small, he would always hold up his first two fingers, proudly stating that he went to Grammy’s on Tuesday!
Now fast forward yet again, upon one of the grandparents days when my grandson was in 4th grade. The charge from the teacher was to fill out a sheet with different questions, one of which was to identify something meaningful that they remembered about their grandparent(s). Yep! His favorite memory was going to Grammy’s house on Tuesday!
This may seem like a trite tale, and yet, the power of those Tuesday nights spanned many years and has left a lasting impression.
Today, think about where adding some consistency might benefit your life? Have fun with this one!