Every year, thousands of men and women sit around a white board in their respective fantasy leagues drafting names of professional athletes for their chance to earn some highly sought after aluminum foil trophy. Some of you may not know what Fantasy Leagues entail to, and some may think they know more than everyone in the Fantasy Sports World – regardless, there is a very important lesson we can all learn. That lesson is called consistency.
First, I want to break down the Fantasy Football League, and then I’ll explain why consistency is one of the biggest factors in our lives.
The Fantasy Football League works on a fixed schedule that matches that of the National Football League. Men and women, adult and children, all gather into their own “league” at the beginning of the season. Then, they all go through a draft together, similar to that of an actual NFL Draft. Each person goes in order drafting real players from real teams, looking to put together the best possible team with players that bring in the most points. All leagues have different drafts and rules, but they all work along a similar format: the team that brings in the most points with their combined drafted players wins – each week competing against a different team in their league. Throughout the season, their wins and losses are recorded to keep track of who is at the top of the league and so forth. For those of you who know how fantasy works, this may sound like a child’s-play version of the rules, but regardless of you being a 5-time Fantasy League champion or a first year rookie with a funny team name, consistency is one thing that matters the most – you’re about to see why.
Take Peyton Manning for instance, one of the top quarterbacks in the National Football League. Manning is a living-legend-of-a-quarterback at the Denver Broncos. He puts up phenomenal numbers every game (sometimes record breaking numbers) and always seems to bring home a victory. But the key words in that statement were not “record breaking” or “phenomenal numbers” – it was the two words “every game”. Peyton is consistent and everyone knows what to expect out of him.
Another example can be Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings. Not everyone may recognize his name as much as Peyton Manning’s, but for those people who do recognize it, also recognize the consistency he brings to the game. Every game, every year, Adrian Peterson works. And when I say work, I mean he runs the football to the end zone every game with three people on his back. The man is a beast. Again, the key words are “every game” and “every year”. Since Peterson was drafted in 2007, he has only had one season where he gained less than 1,000 yards in a season* – and that was mainly due to his injury that particular year. Talk about consistency. You can always rely on Adrian Peterson to give a great performance.
You can always put your money on players like Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson to perform well. They’re two of the most consistent professionals in the NFL. When leagues hold their drafts, people tend to put players like Manning and Peterson at the top of their lists of “must haves”. The reason is that they will always put up good numbers in games, which in return creates good points – aka league wins. Everyone wants players like these on their team because they can rely on them throughout the season to bring in points and wins. On a bad day, Manning and Peterson will put up good points and on a great day they shatter the leaderboards. The consistent players, among the two previously listed, will always be drafted in the first round or possibly early in to the second round. Sure, there are other players who put up record breaking performances on their good days, but they don’t do it every game – the reason why these players are considered the back up or substitutes. They aren’t as consistent as the ones that go early and usually end up picked later in the drafts.
Consistency is crucial when it comes to laying out a team in Fantasy Leagues. Ask anyone who is in a league of any kind, whether it is football, hockey, or soccer, who they draft first. Their answer will be the top players who are most consistent. The players who will bring in great performances on a weekly basis. The same format works in life: consistency is valuable.
When you apply for a job, work for a job, run a job, or run for presidency, consistency is the key.
Think about applying for a job. When you apply for a job, recruiters will be looking for the most consistent “performance” in applicant’s history. They’re going to pull out your work history, work experience, school information, and even call some of your recommended contacts. Sure, they are going to look for your accomplishments and the success you have had, but they’re going to look for that consistency. If you have consistent success or a consistent time amount at a previous job, chances are you’ll snag the job.
The same goes for when you’re working or when you’re running a company. You’ll need to be consistent with your attitude, drive, and results. If you’re consistent then you’ll be rewarded.
The last example with presidency is a no brainer. If you’re not consistent, then you won’t stay in that special office very long – let alone be elected.
No matter what you do in life, you need to be on top of your game. You need to be driven to be consistent. Even with your own personal brand. Be consistent with how you broadcast yourself to others. Your brand is who you are, so if you’re inconsistent with what you wear, how you act, or how you carry yourself, then people won’t know what your brand really is. If you’re consistent with yourself and others, chances are you’ll meet and be remembered by a whole array of people. Be the Peyton Manning of your network. Be the Adrian Peterson of your work team. Be the president of your brand. Be consistent. And if you are – consistent that is – then you’ll be drafted first round by everyone around you.