Achieving your goals through consistency

What does it mean to be consistent?

To be consistent means to maintain a certain habit or behaviour. With the many distractions we’re surrounded with every day, many of us find it hard to keep up consistent behaviour.

In fact, it is the one thing people struggle with. The main reason for this struggle is because of habits we cannot get out of.

In order to achieve consistency, we need to train our minds to focus on our goals, change the habits that are keeping us from these goals, and more importantly, have patience (this is essential, goals aren’t achieved overnight).

First things first – Know why you’re working towards changing this behaviour, the benefits, and your goals.

In life, there’s always a reason why we do things. We drink water because we’re thirsty. We exercise because we want a healthy looking body. We study because we want to reach our academic goals.

Therefore, to want to maintain a more consistent routine, we need to know why we’re doing it. What do we want to achieve from this? How will I better my life by changing my routine?

The moment we figure out the “Why”, we become motivated to achieve those goals. But to achieve them, you need to be disciplined.

Remember your goals, remember the “Why”

I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying “Keep your eye on the prize”. This saying applies to anyone who is working towards their goals. When we keep our eyes on the prize, we focus on the “Why”. We remind ourselves why we’re doing this. Once we train our minds to remember the reasons why, we remember the benefits of changing this behaviour and how it will help us in the long run. And so, we push through and keep going at it.

Set small achievable goals and plan how you will achieve them

Have a look at your end goal and then set up a plan on how you intend to achieve it step by step. When you take it step by step, you set small, achievable goals for yourself. When you reach these daily/weekly goals, you become motivated as you get closer and closer to reaching your end goal. And importantly, award yourself for achieving these small goals.

Setting up a planned schedule trains you to be consistent in your behaviour and daily routine. Once we have a schedule, we change our daily behaviour and routine so that we can consistently stick to that schedule.

Ignore Temptation

The voice of temptation can be loud and daunting. We’re always tested by this voice and this is where discipline should be creeping in. When this happens, remind yourself of the “why” and distract your mind with something else. Read a book, watch a movie, exercise, or cook. These are great ways to shift your focus away from temptation.