As ironic as it is given how long since I have updated the blog – CONSISTENCY is the word that has been on my mind of late, and it really is the secret to your success.
You were possibly expecting something more earth-shattering given the title of this post – right?
Be it in relation to your exercise, your nutrition, your business or your relationships – without consistency, you will ALWAYS struggle to see results, as having consistency means that you will continue to turn up, to try again, to keep going even when you don’t feel like it or when life gets in the way.
Don’t get confused however. Consistency is NOT perfectionism.
Consistent behaviour is NOT living under the weight of self inflicted guilt that says that you are a failure when you can’t make it to the gym because you are sick or because you ate that piece of birthday cake. This kind of thinking leads to an all-or-nothing approach that will see you either “on” the wagon or “off” the wagon, and is the reason why we see folks drop out, then a year later rejoin the gym larger and unhealthier than before.
Adopting a consistent behavioural approach to the things that matter in your life is almost like parenting. Your aim is to be firm but fair and always tempered with love. Firm enough to make yourself push through and honour your agreement to yourself to get fit and healthy even when you don’t feel like getting out of bed, yet fair enough to recognise if your body is needing rest due to illness or injury and self loving enough to follow through on either behaviour with no guilt attached.
The folks that I have witnessed over the years achieve the best results with their weight loss, their businesses and their relationships have all simply been consistent in repeating the same positive behaviours over and over. When obstacles have arisen, they’ve dusted themselves off, put on a brave face and resumed those behaviours. They may have faced some down time that sent them spiralling for a while – for example a health, financial or family crisis – but they have fought their way back and resumed those positive, consistent behaviours that were part of their everyday life.
So now over to you – what are some positive behaviours that you can adapt in regards to your health and fitness, work and family life that you can commit to making a consistent part of your daily life?