Right now I’m sitting in a Starbucks and I’m the only person here. I got my nitro cold brew with vanilla sweet cream and I’m thankful for a full day.
As I look around me, I see crumbs on tables and chairs pulled out from the people that were here today. All of them I’m sure tell stories, hanging out and experiencing Starbucks drinks that bring them back time and time again.
After all, who thought that any of us would spend five bucks on coffee one day? But this is beyond a phenomenon, it’s a reality and a part of our culture, so I’m here again enjoying my drink and writing this blog.
So back to my question, why we so many of us come back time and time again to get expensive coffee?
It’s more than caffeine, it’s consistency.
The truth is, Starbucks is consistent and wherever you find one, there’s a commonality that gives comfort and confidence. Because of this, we know what to expect and it gives us a sense of what we know and of what we like.
Now it’s true that service can vary at various locations, but the feel, the drinks, and the vibe is consistent. So in the end, we come back.
Consistent growth over time is better than immediate growth that fades away. All of us want this. However, one of the secrets is consistency.
This is how God is with us too. His consistency toward us every day builds our trust and our dependence on him. He gives us a step-by-step journey with Him and when the big moments and blessings happen, we are ready for them.
“He tells us everything over and over— one line at a time, one line at a time, a little here, and a little there!”Isaiah 28:10
Notice, He spoke in the past little by little and He does the same today.
When we lead with consistency, we can build trust with those we’re trying to reach and with the service, we’re giving. The result will be long-term growth.
So, here are two ways we can have a consistency that builds trust.
1st – Know Your Core Values
This is big because core values shape what we do and what we don’t do. They guide our decisions and how we do what we do.
When core values are in place, you can feel it as it comes through the attitudes of those displaying it. We can think of Chick-fil-A with this.
Great environments don’t just happen, they’re on purpose and they come from firm core values.
2nd – Be An Ongoing Learner
Once you have core values you build on, it’s important to remain an ongoing learner. It’s easy to coast and go off what we know, but that’s not how we have long-term growth.
We have to choose to grow through relationships, reading books, listening to podcasts, and being around others that are beyond us. This can’t be ignored when we think of having a consistency that builds trust.
The truth is, we don’t know it all, we’re not all that and we need others to be better than we are.
This is biblical.
“9. Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.”Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Are you learning new things?
Remember, new things don’t have to change your core values, but rather they enhance them to be effective and relevant.
Change is the only constant, which is why we must embrace it and use it to grow with consistency that builds trust.
I encourage you to move forward and believe that you can do this. What’s in you is greater than what you know, so take one step at a time and have a consistency that builds trust for long-term growth.
The best is yet to come,