The Art of Consistency
You’ve most likely heard the saying “consistency is key,” which means you probably know all too well that it’s much easier said than done. Like Harvey Mackay said, “If you are persistent, you will get it. If you are consistent, you will keep it.” While consistency is arguably the hardest part of reaching any goal, there are ways to make it easier. Below are our top 5 tips to staying consistent, so you can achieve that sweet feeling of success!
1. Find your reason.
Dig deep and find out the “why” behind your goals. Write them down and make a list of meaningful reasons. That way, when your mind starts to think of excuses, you’ll have a higher purpose to propel you forward. And remember, no one feels motivated 24/7, but if there’s a clear picture of what you’re working for, it’s easier to lace up your shoes and get it done!
2. Confront your fears.
It can be scary to start something new and challenging. The fear of completing a goal can result in making up excuses, like “I’m too busy this week” or “the gym is always too crowded.” Before you start, confront those demons in the back of your head. Write out everything you’re worried about if you have to! Then find solutions to conquering those fears. For example, if the gym feels crowded, ask the front desk what times are the least busy or set out to find a new gym that makes you feel comfortable!
3. Make it a part of your daily routine.
We get it—life can be super busy and some days it may feel impossible to add another task to your to-do list. Time-blocking can help you find time in your schedule to work on your goals every day, which is the key to turning them into a habit. Once they’re a habit, success is right around the corner. For example, if you decide that every morning at 7:00 a.m. you’re going to go for a run, treat it just as important as other parts of your day!
4. Hold yourself accountable.
Surround yourself with people who uplift and support you. Committing to working out with friends, meeting with a personal trainer, or even going to a class once a week can hold you accountable. The Official iFit Member Page on Facebook is also a great resource that’s filled with supporting community members!
5. Discover your balance.
Like we previously mentioned, it’s HARD to stay consistent. Doing too much at one time can be overwhelming. Break up your main goal into small parts to avoid feeling burnt out. If you do slip up, don’t get discouraged! Give yourself a break and reevaluate your game plan with a fresh mind. When it comes to fitness, you don’t need to spend hours at the gym working out as hard as possible. Even if you only have 20 minutes, it’s better to do something than nothing at all. As long as you are working little by little every day, consistent progress is all that matters. Just remember, it’s not a race to reach and maintain your goal. Slow and steady wins the race!