The power of consistency!
The one main key to having success in everything you aspire to in your life. Consistency is a serious commitment to achieving long-term greatness in every aspect of our lives. It’s the only strategy that will allow you to achieve the results you are looking for.
Whether you are trying to lose weight, learn a new language, do more workout or create a profitable business, being consistent is the only tool at your disposal to make any significant change in your life. It’s an inner power that anyone has, but only a few have learned how to use and benefit from.
“Improving is the result of a consistent action and persistent dedication.”
How to Be More Consistent
If you want to kick some serious ass in whatever field, consistency will be your only and best ally and in order to help you achieve this here are my 5 tips to help you be more consistent in your endeavors.
Make a conscious decision to be more consistent.
This is the starting point of your journey. Make a bold statement and say to yourself:
“This is it, I’ve had enough, I wasted so much time in the past, and I won’t let this happen anymore. I am capable of doing so many great things in my life and achieving whatever I want, so I might as well start NOW!
Not later, not tomorrow or next Monday, but NOW!”
Write down or print this statement and keep it in a place where you’ll be seeing it at least 3 times a day. This is will be a perfect reminder and will enforce this decision in your subconscious mind.
After a while, you’ll find it hard not to apply what you set yourself to do in the first place, and this is what will make a gradual change in your daily life, putting you in the right direction towards success.
Work on your time schedule
Your time schedule will be the engine of your consistency machine.
Work on that, and set a time for each activity throughout the day. There is a lot of apps and tools to remind you and keep you accountable. I personally use FocusBooster that gives me a record of how I spend my time on the computer.
I’ve also recently installed Cold Turkey to help me block out distractions when my self discipline lets me down. This app is keeps you focused, whether you want it or not, and includes a Schedule, a Timer and a Block List which blocks specific websites and applications, in case you have little to no control over yourself.
So, no matter how focused or disciplined you think you are, a tool or two to help you along the way is always a plus.
One more thing to remember is that you have to work on your priorities. Know what’s more important and then move on to the next task. As Stephen Covey once said:
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
Create a plan to reach your goal
The best way to win the war is to prepare for your battles.
A well-executed plan is the best and fastest way to reach your goals. When you plan something ahead, you give yourself the advantage to accomplish great things promptly.
Let’s take an example to clarify this concept.
For some people, learning the basics of PhotoShop will take from 3 to 6 months, but if you set a plan on how to approach this task and sticking to a consistent schedule, you can do so in less than 2 months.
This example is based on personal experience; I’m not bragging (maybe just a bit!!) but that’s what I managed to accomplish when I first started as a Graphic Designer.
How to Be More Persistent
Use a daily ritual.
This may appear as a weird suggestion, but it’s an excellent way to get into the habit of making small daily progress steps in your life. It replaces the old unproductive habits with new and productive ones.
You can start your day by doing a workout session, enjoying the sunrise, listening to your favorite music, meditating (you can use a free app called HeadSpace to get you started if you’re new to meditation).
All habits which will help chase away your stress and enable you to get in the right mindset before starting your next task.
After a while, this kind of ritual will help reach a high level of consistency which can only be beneficial to you.
Do one thing at a time.
Doing one task at a time and focusing on getting it done before moving to the next one is critical. Not only is it a huge time-saver, especially when you have a lot of tasks to do, but it is proven to be the most efficient and effective way to get most tasks done.
Before beginning a task, I like to set a timer, 1 hour or 30 minutes (depending on how difficult or long it is). I noticed that this process makes me more focused, and it’s always like a reward when I finish the task before the time is up.
These are the 5 Consistency tips I wanted to share with you today. I hope that you’ll put them or, at least, some of them to use. You’ll greatly benefit from each one. I know I did!
If you have any other tools to share or have more tips to help other people be more consistent, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.
Same for questions, if you have any, I’ll be happy to help you out.