Ensuring continuity is an important, but pestering priority for filmmakers. So much so that an entire position is devoted to ensuring it is achieved. The script supervisor’s sole purpose is to maintain continuity throughout the filmmaking process so that the audience never experiences disorientation.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a script supervisor to ensure continuity in our own lives? Haven’t we all felt, at one time or another, like a big ball of contradictions?
Alas! We ourselves are responsible for maintaining our own continuity. We do so by making sure our actions line up with our intentions. We experience a burst of fulfillment and satisfaction the moment we actually do exactly as we intended. But, when we don’t do as we intend, we experience a loss of orientation and, over time, a chronic case of defeatism.
My advice is this: Don’t declare your intentions haphazardly. Be sure you count the costs, because what’s at stake is more than just an objective, resolution or goal. When what you will can no longer guarantee how you'll act, you're in danger of living a rudderless life.
When you make a commitment, keep it. See it through. Strive for continuity. There's more at stake than you might think.