Consistency leads to habits. Habits form the actions we take every singe day. Action leads to success. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it was as simple as that?
Everything you do, whether personal or professional requires commitment and consistency. When I launched my business I was told that consistency with social media was the key to getting my brand out there. It means posting every day with content that will inspire people and more importantly, spark their interest in Life Coaching. However, they didn’t tell me how hard it is to keep that consistency up 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
It’s exactly the same if you want to improve your health and fitness. You can’t go to the gym and eat well once a week and expect results. You have to work at it every single day to get the results you desire. It may take months but the little actions you take lead to big results.
How to stay consistent.
Focus on one thing at a time. It’s impossible to focus your energy and time trying to achieve all your dreams or goals at the same time. We’re all guilty of trying to juggle too many balls, so pick one of your goals and throw yourself into it. Perhaps launching a new business venture, learning a new language or improving your health and fitness.
Pick a goal that excites you. It’s pointless doing something half heartedly because you won’t enjoy it and you will struggle to stay consistent. Yes it’s about the end goal but you will only get there if you enjoy the steps you take.
Ask yourself why you’re doing this? If you know why you’re doing something and really believe in it, you’re more likely to stay motivated and committed to it. For example if you want to improve your fitness and work towards running 5k you have to keep your focus on crossing that finishing line and the feeling of accomplishment you will experience. However, if your heart isn’t in it you probably won’t get the consistency you require in your training and may get injured.
Get organised. Being organised gives you clarity about your priorities and helps you manage your time better. You have to work out what routines are best for you to achieve your goals because they will bring you the lifestyle and results you desire. Set time aside to work on your goal but make sure you still make time for the other things you enjoy in life.
Commitment. To be consistent means you have to commit yourself to a sustained effort of action over the long-term. Focus on the small steps you need to take to achieve your target. This will help keep you motivated when things don’t quite go to plan or if you have to tweak the path to get there.
Visualise the results. If you want to stay motivated visualise your end result. This could be overcoming a fear, seeing your business soar or meeting those health and fitness targets. The more often you visualise your dreams or goals, the harder you will work at them.
Accept it’s impossible to achieve 100% consistency. Face it there will be times when things just go wrong. That’s life. Get yourself back on track, learn from it and don’t beat yourself up about it.
If something isn’t working in your life (personal or professional) a good question to ask yourself is this.
Have I been giving it consistent attention, time and energy?
You should be able to answer this pretty easily if you’re honest with yourself. If the answer is no, then it’s either not important to you or you may need to look at how to improve your consistency!
Make the change