Have you ever wondered why some people succeed in areas where others experience failure and defeat? Take weight loss, for instance, some people seem to have magical ability to shed pounds and pounds of fat while others battle with their weight for a long time. The difference between those who succeed and those who fail lies in their ability to be consistent in everything they do.
Consistency is the ability to stay on track in pursuit for your goals. It’s the ability to hold on, no matter how inconveniencing and uncomfortable the situation is until you achieve the set objectives. Consistency requires focus, self-discipline, time, lots of patience and endurance.
How do you become and stay Consistent?
1. Set your goals and focus on them
You need to be very clear about the aspects of your life that are in dire need of discipline and consistency. Ensure that your goals are realistic and simple because the clearer the goals, the easier it will be for you to focus. For instance, if you need to lose weight, don’t make weight loss a goal. Analyze your weight situation and identify specific areas you need to improve on so that your weight loss dream can become a reality. You could set goals such as daily exercise, consumption of more water or eating unprocessed food.
2. Start small
Change is difficult and can be overwhelming if introduced drastically no matter how strong your willpower is. For you to develop and maintain consistency in any area of your life you must introduce changes in a slow and a moderate manner that will not send your system in shock. Always remember that you are bound to be successful if you make small changes and repeat them daily. Live one day at a time and always remember that a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.
3. Develop a schedule
To become the person you want to be and live the life you so much desire you must have your priorities right. To be consistently consistent, you need to schedule your priorities by setting time apart for certain activities and sticking to that schedule no matter what. Be respectful to your schedule and acknowledge that it holds the key to your greatness and success.
4. Disregard your feelings
Discipline yourself to do the right thing irrespective of what you feel. Your body hates being inconvenienced and is always in competition with your heart. Most of the time, the body is always willing but the heart is weak. If you rely on your feelings to work out, eat healthy, save for a rainy day or avail time for your family, you will never succeed.
5. Rise up every time you fall
The difference between those who fail and those who succeed depend on their ability to rise up. As Winston Churchill once said, “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” When you fall off the wagon, don’t just lie on the ground and watch the wagon disappear into the horizon. Rise up, dust yourself and move on.
No matter how many detours are on your path, always ensure you are pressing forward towards your goal. As Martin Luther said, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run walk, if you can’t walk crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
6. Hold yourself accountable
Develop a checklist of what you need to do on a daily basis to achieve your goals. Set some time at the end of every day to evaluate your performance and progress in respect to your daily action points. It is the small things that we do every day that makes or break us. If you can’t hold yourself accountable, get an accountability buddy who you can trust to keep you on the straight and narrow. No matter how the day turns out to be, be kind to yourself the world is a tough place.
Consistency is the key to success and like all good things, it requires hard work, perseverance, and endurance to build. Always remember, the harder the struggle the greater the gain and progress. And as Anthony Robbin says, “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” So, hold on tightly and stick with it, your reward will be great.