Hey Ninjas,
 
I realise I’m a bit late with my new year post – the influence of living in Spain!
 
After New Year we have Three Kings Day in Spain, always on January 6th, where all children get a present from the three kings.
 
What it means is, rather than getting that ‘back to reality’ feeling on the 2nd Jan, I get a lovely relaxed start to the new year. I call this my ‘ramping up’ week – gently easing myself back into exercising, good food, and full on work mode. By the time I hit 8th Jan, which is when Spain goes back after the Christmas break, I’m back up to full speed. It’s something I unintentionally adopted (along with siestas), but I kinda like it!
 
As you may know, I’m not a huge fan of all that ‘New Year, New Me’ crap. If you want to make a positive change in your life, why wait for a special day to do it? Dr Berardi, from Precision Nutrition, (where I carried out my training), wrote a fantastic post about that here.
 
Something that I do like the idea of however, is a Word of the Year. I like it because rather than focusing on what you want to DO, it helps you focus on what you want to BE, or FEEL. And it doesn’t become part of your ‘to-do’ list that you procrastinate over like a resolution does.
 
So what did I choose as my word of the year for 2018?
 
My choice is informed by my experience of helping my clients make positive changes in their lives.
 
Something I’ve discovered over the course of helping these clients is that there IS a secret to achieving everything you set out to do……and that magic thing is…..CONSISTENCY.
 
I actually didn’t have to agonise for hours over my choice  of word. Once I decided to choose a word it pretty much jumped out at me. The elephant in the room.
 
OK, so now for the 100% honesty bit…..I spend so much time helping other people be consistent about their behaviours that I’m actually not that good at it myself!

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5.  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.

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “5 ways to be consistent

  1. Yes! Great post. Consistency would be mine too! I’m an all or nothing person so take a few steps forwards then think I’ve done so well I relax and end up back where I started. Need to follow your steps. Thank you 😃

    1. I’m the same Marie! But it’s just a habit, and habit’s can be changed for ones that serve us better. My advice is to pick an easy one to start to give yourself a sense of achievement & get some momentum going – good luck! 🙂

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