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Help!!! Why can’t I be consistent & get stuff done?

A simple confession:

I have a huge problem with not being consistent in my life and it is apparent in everything I do: work, blogging, exercising, dieting, goal actualization etc. etc. etc.

I’ve tried cultivating specific daily habits and routines for years now. It’s always been on and off though. I would start a diet or start working on a project for a couple of days – then I’d get lazy and stop for a long period of time. The cycle would repeat over and over again.

To be consistent means to fully dedicate yourself completely to a task, activity or goal. It means to fully stay engaged without distraction.

But for those who seem to be consistent in life. You’re blessed! Never for once take this ‘gift’ for granted. But, how do they do it?

I understand that Long-term commitment is the key to accomplishing your objectives hence my search for finding a solution to overcoming inconsistency;

Tips to be consistent

1. Make conscious effort to remain consistent

Consistent actions require consistent thinking, specifically consistent thoughts that you are and will remain consistent.

As a constant reminder to remain consistent, I’ll make a frame of the statement in quote and place it at a very visible part of my room.

I am committed to remaining consistent each day in my goal. I am doing this!

Affirming that ‘You thrive on consistency’ would go a long way.




2. Change your mind set about time

The only time you have is RIGHT NOW. Later on, next week, next month, or next year is only a concept or thought in your mind. Tomorrow is not here, next week, month, or next year is not here. Right now is here.

Be in the NOW and not in the moment because right now is the only moment that matters…

In addition, eliminate procrastination

Procrastination is an enemy to consistency and Procrastination is a product of excuses! Excuses are a sort of weakness. This is very important to know: you need understand why you are making excuses that prevent you from working consistently on tasks then find ways to give yourself reassurance and stop making excuses.

3. Have a plan and know your objective

If there’s one thing I am good at, it is making plans and knowing my objectives. But, inconsistency wouldn’t let me be great! I write out my plans and it helps puts me back on track when I have derailed for too long. It is imperative that you have a plan so that you know where to direct your actions, thoughts, effort, and time.

“The more emotionally invested you are in your plan, the more you will remain committed, the higher your chances are for success.

4. Hold yourself, someone else or other people accountable

To be consistent you have to make sure that you recognize when you don’t come up to the standards and goals that you’ve set.

Knowing you aren’t working alone will get you motivated because you will have someone to help you up if you ever feel down, and in turn you will help them up as well – which will give you even more inspiration to move forward.

Putting this into practice;

I have decided to pick 3 things to commit to in the next 10 days. I’ll definitely be back to tell you my results.

1. Read a chapter of a motivational book and 10 verses of the bible everyday

2. Stick to my daily routine (I have my day planned out for work, my blog and side hustle written on a white board)

3. Workout at least 4 times a week, drink 3 liters of water daily, and stick to my keto diet plan

Truth is;

You can be intelligent, you can be charming, you can be whatever you want to be but if you do not have consistency then chances are that a person who is ‘less talented’ but more persistent will inevitably do better than you.

Lastly, consistency is the most important quality to achieve success.
No one is perfect and no one is perfectly consistent. You aren’t going to be, either. What matters is that you keep working towards your goals and towards consistency. So don’t beat yourself up when you don’t hit the mark – It is a process.

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I had to reflect on my life last weekend and realized that inconsistency is in fact my biggest problem then I thought why not have a support group to be accountable to?

Then this amazing idea hit me!

A consistency challenge anyone?

It’s an idea still in works but something I’d really love to do if you, you and you are willingly to participate. The plan is to help you identify your goals, create a plan, above all, help each other to stay consistent and motivated.

Do you think the consistency challenge is a great idea?

 

How do you stay consistent? What specific process/tools did you (or do you) use stay consistent?

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16 comments

  • <cite itemprop="author">Vivian</cite>

    The consistency challenge is a great idea, I have so much to share but I never get around to sharing. I would love to be part of the challenge. Thanks for sharing this.

    • <cite itemprop="author">Tega Enai</cite>

      Yay!!! Thanks for reading. I’ll share another post about the challenge once I get up to 10 people willing to join. 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽

  • <cite itemprop="author">idu</cite>

    I guess making a conscious decision to stay committed is what works best for me. Great topic, a lot of people relate to this.

    http://www.fashionablyidu.com/

  • <cite itemprop="author">Bubu Green</cite>

    Very well said. You are not alone on this. Mine is on fitness. I like to give myself a little push with a ‘vision board’ anytime I fall short. That’s like…pffft…gazillion times.
    http://www.bubusboulevard.com

    • <cite itemprop="author">Tega Enai</cite>

      Totally relatable. I can’t even last for a week on a diet plan. Sigh
      Thanks

  • <cite itemprop="author">Evita</cite>

    I thought I was the only one dealing with inconsistency as regards my blog majorly. I had to make a conscious effort and eliminate limiting thoughts in my mind to enable me move forward. I just feel sometimes, we wait for perfect situations to come by before we step into action when in reality, there’s no such thing as perfect timing. I signed up for the consistency challenge. I really like the idea.

    Evita In Progress

    • <cite itemprop="author">Tega Enai</cite>

      Well, you ain’t alone sweetie! We going to start the challenge soon.

  • <cite itemprop="author">Live In Ibadan</cite>

    Wow. Tega! This is a great idea. I would love to join the challenge. It’s not an easy task being consistent. You’re not alone in this, I tell you!

    http://www.liveinibadan.blogspot.com

  • <cite itemprop="author">Precious</cite>

    Another tip is to work many days ahead. I find that for blogging, it helps when I plan and work on a blog post many days before the day I publish the actual post. Also, discipline is very important. For instance I try to stop myself from wandering through Facebook or Instagram. That steals a lot of valuable time that could be put to use.
    You are right when you say that being consistent is a key to success. It really is!

    preciouscore.com

    • <cite itemprop="author">Tega Enai</cite>

      Yea many of us lack discipline. Luckily I know how to stay off social media and not feel bad about it.
      Thank you

  • <cite itemprop="author">LAGOS CITY CHIC</cite>

    I want to join the consistency challenge! Seems like it’ll be fun! Although I don’t have a consistency problem because with personal fashion and lifestyle blogging I don’t think daily posts are necessary. I may be wrong, what do yo think?
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    I’ll love to know your thoughts on my recent post, please check it out!
    https://lagoscitychic.blogspot.com.ng/2017/05/monochrome-addiction.html

    • <cite itemprop="author">Tega Enai</cite>

      You’re one of the blessed ones! That’s really great. Nope it’s not necessary. But probably in other areas of your life? Maybe

  • <cite itemprop="author">Sarah</cite>

    I like the idea of the consistency challenge. Lord know I need it. Great tips, for me procrastination is my weakness and probable reason why I have not met all the goals I set for the year but we’ve just got to keep pushing.

    Princess Audu

    • <cite itemprop="author">Tega Enai</cite>

      Ooo I have the same weakness. I need Gods intervention 😫😫😫😫😫. Consistency Challenge coming through!!!

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