Will I remain Consistent this year?
My Speech for RTP Power Speakers Toastmasters Club Contest, February 2022
Thank you Contest Chair.
Respected judges, fellow toastmasters and guests. Good evening!
Earlier this year, I gave a speech on Consistency and Networking, the two key words for me in 2022.
Today, I am going to take you on a journey of one of those keywords, i.e. Consistency.
Participating in this club contest is an effort to remain Consistent. You may ask, how? Whenever I sign up for a prepared speech in club meetings, I always tell myself that I will prepare for the speech well in advance, and almost always fail to do so. Most of the time, I come up with a speech around 30 minutes to an hour before the meeting. But this time, I wanted to change — to make sure that I prepare in advance and keep that momentum for upcoming speeches as well.
Personally, I have realized that over the years, I have not been consistent in completing the tasks, like the one I mentioned just now, needed to achieve certain goals that I set out every new year.
I have realized that sometimes I tend to try out a lot of things, which in itself is not bad since it gives me exposure to new things. But since I don’t do it for a certain period of time, I do not get the full benefit out of it. So this year, I want to narrow down on certain tasks and habits. I want to keep things simple, but keep them consistent.
Consistency is associated with discipline — whether it is the discipline to give a speech in every club meeting, or whether it is to always participate in table topics. It could be something else for you.
Consistency is also about accountability. Giving this speech will keep me accountable to performing the task — i.e. running regularly this month.
You may want to do meditation or go to the gym regularly. You may want to try out new skills. But, if you do not have the discipline or self-control to continue doing that task, then you will never achieve the full-benefit of it, or reach the end goal.
In my case, I want to be consistent in running. For the month of February, I have set a goal to run 50 miles. Some of you may think that 50 miles is not much, while for others it may seem like an impossible task. I think it’s doable — i.e. if I run 2 miles per day for 25 days.
Talking about running, one of my high school teachers was an avid runner. She used to run everyday during lunch break, and encouraged us to sign up for a half marathon. Some of us signed up, and even completed the race. I remember something she mentioned “Pain — it’s on your mind, not on the body. Since you know that there is a finish line, you just have to tell your brain/mind to continue running till the finish line. You just have to remain mentally strong.”
I can link what my teacher told about the relationship between pain, body, and mind to remaining consistent. Some tasks may seem difficult to do over and over again, and some may even seem mundane, but if I can train my mind to overcome that hurdle, then I can obviously achieve that consistency.
To summarize, here are the points to consider:
- Consistency develops discipline and self-control and vice-versa
- Consistency creates accountability and vice-versa
- Consistency allows for measurement and vice-versa
I hope whatever goals you have for 2022, you achieve all of those, and they become fruitful for the future.
I am hopeful that I can remain consistent this year and achieve some of my goals? What do you think? Do you think I will remain consistent this year?
Note: This was my speech in Toastmasters club’s speech contest on February 8, 2022