I brought home a new puppy in July and training started from the beginning. House training started immediately; I started a puppy training class in October and we have homework each week to practice all the new commands. We are encouraged to train our dogs an hour a day, broken up into different time frames. I have stuck with it and Ellie is able to to do several commands!
While Ellie is pretty smart( I may be biased!), the more consistent I am with her in training, the more she is with remembering and learning what I am asking of her!
Like anything we are creating in life, our consistency is super important. Whether it’s your health and fitness, with your current job, building a new business, maintaining a business, relationships, child rearing or puppy training. I know for me, the more consistent I am with what I am creating or working on, the better results I have. It is the strategy for achieving long-term greatness in your life.
As humans, consistency is one of the big things us humans struggle with the most, especially when we are moving outside of our comfort zone.
However being consistent is essential if you want to make any big change in your life. It’s also a must have skill to creating what you want our of your life. It’s one of the things I work the most with my clients and what supports them or gets in the way. While I am not perfect, I have learned a thing or 2 about being consistent and it is a game changer in my health and wellness and my business.
Here are 6 keys on being consistently consistent:
1) What’s your Why?
Creating a vision and having an understanding of your why. For instance, you are saving money for amazing vacation. You want to create a biz that allows you freedom and increased income. Get clear on your why and don’t lose sight of it.
2) Schedule and prioritize
Scheduling is an important factor of being consistent. For example, I scheduled my workouts in the morning, I have my own coaching session at the same time each week, I also schedule network meetings. If you schedule it, you are more likely to achieve it.
3) Ignore the voice in your head that says “I just don’t feel like it”
There will be times you will have a voice of “I don’t want to do it” or ‘I just don’t feel like it”. At some point that voice will arise. You don’t have to listen to it! Many times I’ve heard that voice when I don’t want to run or go to that biz event. I know it’s normal and have the choice to not listen! Be consistent even when you don’t feel like it because you’ll often be grateful and happy that you pushed through the momentary discomfort.
4) Watch for self-doubt sneaking in
While your creating the life of your dreams, self-doubt may sneak in and it can be the ultimate consistency destroyer. Notice and acknowledge your self-doubt. You wouldn’t have it if you weren’t challenging yourself. These are just voices too, and they aren’t the truth of who you are and what you are capable of.
5) Consistent schedule
Mine starts with my morning schedule. I meditate, take the dog out for her walk, work out, have breakfast, look at my schedule for day and begin. It’s what works for me to start my day off feeling great and optimal as well as take care of my well-being. Having a level of consistency in your schedule creates an increased opportunity to tackle the things that are most important to you.
6) Practice consistency
The beauty of consistency is that it permits you to be incremental in your progress. When you have those days that feel like “same, same” reflect on how far you’ve come and how far you’ll go because you’ll then see how different your life is indeed. Pick one thing and make it a habit then add the next thing. Keep practicing! There will be times you may fail off the wagon, no need to beat yourself up. Just get back on the wagon and practice again.
Life and Leadership Coach, Licensed Counselor, outdoor enthusiast, yoga lover and passionate about wellness.