Consistency is a priceless commodity most managers have been striving for this season - many without success.
Thirteen games into the Danske Bank Premiership season and the destination of the Gibson Cup remains a mystery.
It has been a captivating opening to the new campaign, one filled with intrigue and surprise.
Linfield are the current pacesetters, while Belfast rivals Crusaders have also flexed their title muscle.
Mid-Ulster rivals Glenavon and Portadown are enjoying encouraging starts as they hang on the coat-tails of the Blues.
The conundrum that is Cliftonville also remain on the title radar despite enduring a frustrating start to their championship defence.
Fans continue to predict this season’s champions, but it would be foolish to pin your hopes on any one side at this juncture.
We are not even into November yet.
Ask any manager or player and they will offer up their own assessment of how the title race will pan out.
Some say Linfield, some argue Crusaders, while others continue to tout Cliftonville and Portadown.
But while each has their own viewpoint, all agree that consistency will be key to any success.
Linfield’s patchy start - where they failed to win any of their opening four games - saw them rooted to the bottom of the table on August 31.
Now they are sitting top, courtesy of eight wins from their last nine league games.
Crusaders are also unbeaten in their last 11 Premiership outings, winning six and drawing five.
They were second bottom back in August - now they sit just behind Linfield at the top.
Other teams have showcased glimpses of quality, only for those encouraging signs to be temporarily derailed at some point.
Cliftonville are a prime example, along with Portadown who picked up just one point from three games prior to Saturday’s 5-0 win over Dungannon.
The top of the Premiership has a congested look to it, but how much longer before we see one or two teams suddenly becoming detached at the top?
Linfield are already four points clear, and if David Jeffrey’s side continue to build momentum they could be champions-elect by Christmas.