There’s no denying that results come from consistent practice. The more good quality reps you get in, the better you’ll be in whatever area you trying to make improvements in. But staying consistent is a hard task. Here are some strategies I have used to maintain consistency, even when life gets crazy.
Do the hard stuff first. If you are trying to lose weight, workout first thing in the morning. If you have a big report to do, work on it before breakfast. Getting the hard thing done first will make sure that you don’t skip out later in the day. As work gets stressful and time flies by, it’s easy to neglect going to the gym, or eating a good meal, or working on that project. If you get that done right when you wake up, then you don’t have to worry about how the rest of the goes. Additionally, you’ll start your day off with a major win and will set you up for success the rest of the day.
Do what you don’t want to do. Our brain wants comfort. Doing something that makes us grow often comes with challenge and discomfort, and the brain knows that. It will often try to talk you out of doing what you know you should in an effort for maximum comfort. You need to recognize this and do what you don’t want to do. Hate running but running is a part of the workout today, show up to the gym and crush it. Hate eating vegetables but need to cut out processed carbs, find a vegetable that’s tolerable and eat it. Doing this will not only get you closer top your goals but will also strengthen your mind as you are forcing yourself into discomfort.
Set up a plan. When you plan things out, it is much easier to stick to that plan instead of flying blind. How many days will you work out this week? What will you eat each day? How much sleep will you get? Plan out as many variables as possible. Set alarms if needed. On days where you want to slack off, this will help prevent that.
Finally, find some accountability. Not every day will be perfect. In fact, most won’t. How will you respond after these days? How will you respond if you slack off? Will you continue to slack, or will you get back on the wagon? Having a coach to keep you accountable will ensure that even if you slack off, you will get back on the wagon. They will keep you accountable and honest and will rapidly. Increase the rate at which you achieve your goals!
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