Consistency Is the Key to a Powerful Life
Consistency is the key to success in life.
Consistency is a wonderful characteristic to build in your life.
The first thing to do in order to achieve consistency is to create goals for your life.
Decide how you want to implement consistency in your life.
Even though it may be difficult in the beginning, keep at it and over time you will achieve consistency.
Meanwhile, you need to keep motivating yourself to remain consistent.
You will have to change your mindset from a negative to a positive one throughout this process.
1. Create achievable and specific goals
If you don’t know what you want, then it will be almost impossible to become consistent.
The first thing you need to do is to create a simple, achievable, and specific goal.
On a practical note, decide what you want to be consistent about.
Is it about physical exercise? Is it about your relationships?
Is it about your performance at work? It could be anything.
Once you have decided your overall goals, then break them up into smaller goals.
For example, if you want to reduce your weight by 5 kgs, then make it your goal to reduce at least 1kg per week.
Don’t be vague but be specific.
2. Make a planner for yourself
Once you have made your broad goals, and your smaller goals, now you need to create a schedule for yourself.
The schedule will help you to keep track of yourself.
It will help you to plan your day in a systematic way.
There are various ways to plan your day.
You can use a desk calendar or diary.
You can use digital apps like Google calendar for Outlook.
Whether you use physical or digital planners, plan out every task and assign a time limit for each one.
Be careful to follow the plan of action and don’t schedule anything else during that time.
3. Place reminders in the places you frequent daily
Just write your goal on a piece of paper and place them on your mirror, refrigerator, diary, planner, and work desk.
Also, keep a miniature version of it in your wallet or purse.
During the day look at your goals at least 2 to 3 times.
4. Don’t commit yourself to anything other than your goals
While you are in the process of accomplishing your goals, say no to everything else.
For example, if it is losing weight, and you have decided to go to the gym at a particular time every day, then don’t give that time for anything else.
If you have decided to write 5 pages every day for your book, then don’t do anything else during that time.
5. When you have accomplished a goal reward yourself
Rewarding yourself will motivate you further to achieve consistency.
When you have accomplished one goal, you can treat yourself to a movie or eat dinner outside.
Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency.
Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.
6. Don’t stop even if you miss it sometimes
We are all human and we are going to slip sometime.
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you fall once in a while.
It’s okay to make a mistake while you are trying to do something.
Sometimes external factors come into play. Sometimes laziness comes in the way.
Sometimes you are just plain tired. So don’t give up. Just get up and start again.
if you don’t go to the gym one day, or miss your deadline at work, motivate yourself to start again.
7. Make some time for yourself
While trying to achieve consistency is a noble task, it doesn’t mean that you have to work all the time.
Actually it will be good if you take some time off because that will improve your productivity and consistency.
For example, give yourself time every day to do whatever you like- maybe reading a book, maybe swimming, maybe watching TV.
Just take time to recharge as this will go a long way to help you become consistent.
8. Make sure to motivate yourself regularly
Sometimes you may slip behind your schedule, it can become easy to become lazy but don't give up.
Just remind yourself of your goals and the benefits of accomplishing them.
9. Be accountable to someone
Nothing will help you like being accountable to someone else.
Students do what is inspected, not what is expected.
This is a natural human tendency and you must use it to your advantage.
Ask a friend or family member to hold you accountable.
Ask them to check in with you once a week to see how you're doing.
Permit them to pull you up if you are beginning to lag behind.
Listen to them and implement their suggestions seriously.
10. A new mindset is required
It all begins in the mind. Develop a positive and optimistic mindset.
Start believing that it is possible. Start believing that you can do it.
It will take three weeks to achieve consistency if you keep at it.
Start small and keep going.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Nitin Khaire