I enjoy working under pressure (something that served me well in my past life in the corporate world) so I will very often shun consistency, knowing that I can just ‘catch up’ or make an ‘all or nothing’ effort when the deadline looms closer.
But why is consistency so important?
Being consistent means never having to ‘get back in the swing of things’ or start over.
Being consistent means making constant progress, which keeps enthusiasm and morale high.
Being consistent is usually the difference between failure and success.
To stay consistent I’m going to follow the principles of my online coaching programme – I’m going to choose ONE THING that I’ll do consistently for two weeks. Once I have that habit nailed, I’ll add another.
So how am I going to do it?
- First get clear about ‘why’ – Before I start, I’m going to get clear about what I want, and why. This sounds super simple but you’d be surprised how many people skip this important step, or don’t define it enough. If you don’t have a really good why, one that you’re emotionally invested in, you don’t have a hope in hell of being consistent with that 6am workout when your bed is so cosy and warm.
- Schedule things in – a habit is formed by responding to an external trigger, and reinforced by repetition. For instance, I’ve manage to consistently take my Omega 3’s by always doing it after I brush my teeth. So brushing my teeth is the trigger for taking the supplement, which is the action. I brush my teeth, every day, at around the same time, which is then repetition part.
- Focus on the process, not the result. For instance, the desired result of losing 10% body fat may seem like a mountain to climb. You can’t control the result. Focus on what you CAN control, which is making good food choices every day.
- Don’t confuse being consistent with being perfect – give yourself room for error. Life happens. Don’t use one slip up as an excuse to go off track for a week. Wipe the slate clean as often as you like.
- Remember feelings and thoughts are temporary. If you feel tired, bored or like you can’t be bothered, remember those feelings will change. If you don’t continue with your new habits you can also add regret to those feelings. We just need to eat those feelings and GET IT DONE.
But being consistent is hard, so if that still doesn’t work – here’s my Plan B:
If I’m tired – DO IT ANYWAY
If I’m stressed – DO IT ANYWAY
If I’m busy – DO IT ANYWAY
If I’m bored – DO IT ANYWAY
If I’m sad – DO IT ANYWAY
Who’s with me? Comment below and tell me your word of the year.