Maybe you’ve heard the phrase, “consistency is key” when it comes to being successful, but what does being consistent really mean? I did some research and basically it means being predictable, having regular harmony, or steady continuity. The way I see it, being consistent is a general movement forward. This can be applied to any goal or life achievement you have. The most important thing I learned is that being consistent is not being perfect. It doesn’t have to be something you achieve every day, it’s just a steady movement forward.
A great example I found was babies and their growth charts. If you’re a mother you’ve probably heard other moms talk about percentiles. They measure the baby’s head, length, and height, and each go into a percentile chart. This doesn’t mean your baby has to be in the hundredth percentile to be healthy; it’s just a mark of progress and consistency. The doctor is looking for a growth pattern, not a specific number at a specific time. That’s consistency, having progress in a pattern, not being perfect.
In order to be consistent in reaching any goal or applying anything new to your life, like an exercise program, or a lifestyle change, you have to set up your expectations from the very beginning. Being consistent is a skill that can be learned, but you have to develop it. This starts with knowing what you want and where you’re headed. You must tell yourself that you expect you will do this, and that you’ll keep showing up. If you think you’ll fall off the wagon then you probably will.
I know what you’re thinking, there’s that negative talk circling around your head taunting you. It’s saying things like “you’ve tried this before” or what about when you get tired or hungry? It’s time to replace those negative thoughts with affirmatives. Next time you hear yourself talk about falling off the wagon immediately replace those thoughts with five positive affirmations describing what you’ll do to stay on that wagon. We can’t stop the negative but we can certainly drown it out with positive.
Holding yourself accountable
The last thing you can do to be consistent is to hold yourself accountable for your progress. Now that you have your expectations, set up a plan to help you achieve your goals. This means writing things down on paper because our minds are too busy to hold us to it. To grow and become better starts with a plan, so start planning right down to your daily tasks. Make sure you have small measurable and attainable goals. If you want to lose 75 pounds, focus on losing those first 5 pounds and chip away steadily. Short and fast approaching goals will make it easier to reach them and will give you momentum to hit that next goal.
Work on this goal everyday, but remember that it’s okay to miss a day. Life happens and sometimes other things take priority like family or self-care. Imperfection is to be expected because we’re human. Don’t let a slip mess up your progress, regroup and try again at the next opportunity.
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