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
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.
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?