Maybe you don't want to be great, maybe you just want your life to be good or better than it is right now. We've been focusing a lot on goals and taking control of our lives but how do we do that? What's the key to reaching our goals and being in control?
The Answer... Consistency
Consistency is the act of doing things over and over again. Now, in some situations this can be seen as madness and can be detrimental. But, in the right context, consistency is the key to your desired results. Whatever they may be.
How can you be more consistent?
Consistency comes with having a plan. You must know what your desired outcome is and then execute everyday. Consistency is all about routine. Whatever you are consistent in, will become your life.
When you say you're going to do something, do it. Don't procrastinate until you forget about it.
If you make plans with someone, stick to them. No more backing out last minute. If you need to cancel, cancel well ahead of time.
If you tell someone you're going to call them back later, do it.
If you want to get fit, show up to that fitness class every damn day. Reserve it in advance if you can and don't cancel on yourself.
If you want to eat right - make a grocery list, prep your meals and actually eat them.
If you want to read more, buy the damn book and set aside time on your calendar to read. Start with 20 minutes per day.
You want to be more organized - start with buying a planner and writing down anything and everything that needs to be done or celebrated.
Want to take control of your finances - create a budget sheet and fill it in every week consistently. You'll see where your money is going and where you can slash bills. Google Sheets has a great template.
I know these are just examples, but they are real world applications for being consistent. You've probably heard all of this before and maybe you feel like you're getting a lecture right now.
Consistency can be boring, but it works! Ask anyone who has ever achieved anything. They will tell you how consistent they were in their hard work, their training, their studying, or whatever it is that they have excelled in. The work had to be put in every single day, even if it was in small doses sometimes.
"If you are persistent you will get it. If you are consistent you will keep it."
Not sure who said that, but its a great metaphor for consistency being an ongoing part of life. Even after you have achieved your desired result, you will either A) want to keep it or B) crave an even better result. Whatever the case, being consistent is still the answer.
Showing up for yourself everyday is what delivers results. Consistency is part of the process.