Galileo Galilei studied and discovered concepts that ultimately led to the creation of the metronome around the beginning of the 17th century. The first mechanical one was created in 1696 by Etienne Loulié.
Metronomes produce sound at a regular interval. Musicians rely on those to learn how to play with regularity and consistency. The regularity of metronomes is their core feature. They’re stable and predictable. They never skip a beat, never slow down, never lose the pace, and never go off track.
Regularity and consistency are two incredibly powerful qualities to develop and leverage, independently of what you do. They imply predictability and reliability, which increases confidence and trust. Both trust and confidence are core social constructs
. They facilitate decision-making. Once you gain their confidence and trust, people get more inclined to help you, buy from you, rely on you, come back, etc.
Regularity and consistency also help create momentum. As more and more gets “done” (or delivered, or shipped, or published, etc.), results add up and add weight to everything you do afterward. If you have written one essay, then only that essay vouches for your writing skills. If you have written a hundred in a hundred days, it tells a very different story. Beyond that, people who discover one of your creations might want to explore other ones. That’s where momentum comes from. The longer you remain regular and consistent, the more momentum you will gain.
The great thing about momentum is that even if you stop for a while, it will remain and will only slow down progressively, just like an object in motion. If there isn’t too much friction, the object will keep its momentum.
If you want to achieve great results, then go build yourself some momentum!