1.) Inconsistent effort = inconsistent results.
2.) Getting clear on what you want and why you want it is the key to being consistent.
Consistency is defined as, “the steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form or actions.”
So I’ve got a question for you, how consistent are you in your efforts?
Are you someone who is willing to put in the work even when you don’t feel like it?
Are you someone who is willing to put in the work when you don’t get immediate gratification and when the results seem like they’re a million miles away?
Are you someone who is willing to continue putting in the work when progress seems slower than your peers?
There are times when concentrating our effort is necessary to achieve the results we are going for in the short-term. In thinking about success over the long-term, however, short bursts of effort are important, but consistency is the key ingredient that must be included if you really want to break through.
While consistency might not be the sexiest topic to discuss, it has the power to transform your life and create the long-term results you may be seeking.
To discover the true power of consistency, simply take a look at the results you’re having in the various areas of your life. The results you have are directly aligned with your level of consistent effort.
So how can you be more consistent in your life?
It really begins with you first deciding what it is that you want and then determining WHY you want it. And as you’ll see, this whole relationship between what you want and why you want it will come up a lot on your journey to success.
We can only willpower ourselves into action for so long because willpower, like a battery, gets drained over time. We’ve got to be driven to be consistent from something much deeper than simply willing ourselves into action.
Once you are clear on what you want, and why you want it, being consistent becomes easier. You are able to have the long-term view in mind as opposed to being driven by immediate gratification.
But, and this is a big but, it is important for you to set yourself up for some wins along the way. This keeps you motivated, lifts your spirits, and reminds you that you are making progress.
By celebrating your progress, you want to be more consistent, and by being more consistent, you’ll have more progress to celebrate. It’s a beautiful thing really.
Here are 3 suggestions that may help you be more consistent.
1.) Decide to be Consistent
This one might seem obvious or an assumed piece of the puzzle, but there is massive power in committing yourself to being consistent.
In my case, it has been the moments when I’ve truly decided to be consistent in my efforts that I have seen the biggest breakthroughs. I knew deep down that without consistent effort in certain areas, like my health and fitness for example, I wouldn’t get the results I was seeking.
Inconsistent effort. Inconsistent results.
2.) Have a Plan
I find that it is easier for me to be consistent when I have a plan in place with whatever it is that I am working on or towards.
Setting up a plan means that I have one less thing to think about. All I need to do is execute the plan. This is particularly important with my gym routine for example. Rarely do I just pick a random time of day to go. I have a set schedule that I designed to fit my life, which means I am more likely to stick to. This means I’ll be more consistent!
3.) Feelings and Thoughts are Temporary
There will be moments when you don’t want to be consistent. When you would rather have a nap and not go to the gym, watch another episode rather than work on your business, or eat that cookie instead of your salad.
We all deal with moments of weakness when our feelings and thoughts attempt to throw us off the path of consistency.
Focusing on what you want, and why you want it, is the key to staying consistent. Observe the feelings that you’re having and realize that any negative thought or feeling that is trying to derail you is just temporary.
It is in these moments when willpower does come into the picture. Sometimes forcing yourself to be consistent is the only option. Yes, it may be difficult, but your future self will thank you!
Go out there and keep pursuing your dreams! Focus on daily consistent action and the results will take care of themselves.
Dream BIG my friend!