Internal consistency is a great check on our words. Did we do what we said we would do? Are we doing what we say we believe? (It applies to us as individuals as well with the organizations we lead.)
It is so hard for us to always be consistent. We’re rushed. Influenced sometimes by the situation we bend away from who we are. Phones always distracting our attention.
Far from being rigid, to be internally consistent means that those things we value (as many say our core values) can be seen in both subtle and obvious ways within everything we do.
When we try to compartmentalize who we are, being this here and that there, destroys our internal consistency. Trust is built when we are dependable and internally consistent. We become easier to understand and better able to communicate so that we are understood.
Things actually begin to become easier, no matter the level of difficulty we face, when we can be more internally consistent with how we think, act and express ourselves to others.