How many of your great ideas failed because you needed more consistency?
You start out great, but somewhere down the road, you lose that drive that led you, and in the end, that idea fails.
The main reason for this is the lack of consistency.
How to be more consistent? First of all, think through before you commit, and when you commit, focus only on that thing, find an accountability partner, and stay on track, no matter how hard that sometimes be.
Consistency is a valuable skill, which allows your plans to come to life, but above all, to be sustained.
How many great ideas are buried forever due to a lack of consistency?
This article will help you master the fine art of consistency and be persistent in your ideas and plans.
Why Do You Struggle to Be Consistent? 3 Reasons
You don’t even know how many of your plans have failed because you needed to be more consistent and persistent.
1. You Quickly Lose The Initial Hype
Think about it, even though they can be scary sometimes, we all love new beginnings.
Especially when everything goes well in the beginning and we are highly motivated.
Then it seems to you that you are the king of the world and that nothing can destroy your motivation.
Here are some examples:
You started a new job
You finally started a new job or even opened a small business you’ve been dreaming about for a long time.
Everything seems great at the beginning. People are interested in what you do, and you make great money, but the first obstacles must come.
Over time, interest in work decreases, you may earn less and work more, and the worst of all is that you may become bored.
The initial hype is gone, and consistency is lost.
Suddenly nothing is perfect about the job anymore, and you want to quit.
You started to exercise
Nothing can make you more hyped than when you start working out.
You will feel like a superman when you overcome those first muscle soreness after the first training sessions.
That excess weight goes away quickly at the beginning, and you already have in your head exactly how much weight you will lose each month.
But over time, you notice that you are not losing weight as quickly as at the beginning.
Those pounds you lost at the beginning were the so-called water weight, which is lost when the body gets rid of excess H20.
And now comes the complex process of further weight loss, a proper diet plan, and building muscles.
When you think about how long it will take, you decide to quit.
2. You Are Not Focused Enough
Do you have trouble staying focused on what you’re doing?
Not focusing enough on what you are doing but instead on the next thing is a sign of inconsistency.
Not to mention all the distractions that easily disrupt your focus.
It may be your impatient nature that makes you constantly change interests.
When you do something for a while, you get bored and look for something new to devote yourself to.
It’s ok to be versatile, but only if you pay attention to your main thing.
3. You Give up Quickly
After the first problem, you already give up.
You doubt yourself if you are up to the task, and you have the desire to quit.
Then all the inner insecurities come out of you.
Consistency is the opposite of that – staying dedicated to the goal even when the circumstances are not ideal.
7 Excellent Tips For Better Consistency
Since you understand consistency’s importance in life, you realize that you must change your mindset.
You have had enough of constantly failing to achieve some goals that could have been a great thing if only you had remained more consistent and persistent.
Here are the steps you need to take:
1. Think Through Before You Commit to Something
The general opinion is that you should try more things to know what is right for you.
But you still need to slow down and think through before getting involved in something.
Whatever you want to achieve, ask yourself first: “Is it the right thing for me, and why?”
Even more important than that is to recognize whether you are ready for the ups and downs integral to every goal.
If you want to quit a job that doesn’t satisfy you and find a profession you will be happy with for a long time, you may need to improve your skills.
The learning curve can be slow and challenging, but when you master new skills, you can do what you love.
It’s the same with goals like losing weight.
Are you ready to stop overeating with junk food and replace it with fruits and vegetables?
Is your goal to be more consistent in your relationships?
Ok, that’s a good goal, but start with yourself and think if you’re ready for a serious relationship, then find a person to whom you can fully commit.
2. Focus on One Thing At a Time
You can’t be consistent if your thoughts are flying in all directions.
We know you think you can multitask effectively, but multitasking is often not the answer.
There is no consistency when you try to do several things simultaneously; instead, you are only partially dedicated to them.
Do you like playing video games?
If you like, you know how much time is lost in sidequests when you play a long epic game.
Sometimes the sidequests distract you so much that you forget what is happening in the main story.
And that’s precisely why you should stay consistent with the main goal and avoid getting sidetracked by a new thing.
3. Have an Adequate Plan
You can’t just run headfirst into something without any set goal.
That’s why there must be at least some rough plan on how to achieve what you set out to do.
If you don’t have a plan, you will easily lose that drive from which consistency comes because you won’t know what to do.
But don’t overcomplicate it because it’s impossible to predict everything.
4. Don’t Prioritize Your Schedule; Schedule Your Priorities
“The key is not to prioritize your schedule but to schedule your priorities”– Stephen Covey
Although we said that a plan is needed, you can’t just be a slave to lists, schedules, calendars, and so on.
You must stop and think and remember your why instead of chasing for crossing everything from your list.
Consistency is related to perseverance in completing obligations, but sometimes these obligations can be overwhelming and create a counter effect.
Classic burnout can happen, and we know burnout is a huge consistency killer.
Instead of being obsessed with your schedule, reflect on what is on it.
Is everything so necessary, or are there a few things you can do without?
Crossing a few unnecessary things off your to-do list can improve your consistency significantly.
5. Set Realistic Goals and Expectations
We don’t want to limit you; if your motto is “sky is the limit,” we have nothing against that.
It’s nice to fantasize, but don’t get too lost and expect something unattainable.
Just don’t focus on the goals only; focus on the process.
Life is about the journey, not the destination.
Trust the process, and keep your goals realistic.
6. Find an Accountability Partner
Sometimes you can’t achieve everything yourself, but you need someone you trust to help you achieve your goals.
We will explain it in two simple examples.
Do you want to get up earlier?
You’re tired of spending the whole day in bed and want to get up earlier to have more time.
It’s easier to get up earlier when you sleep with a partner, but when you’re alone, it can take longer.
Have your accountability partner send you a message every morning at the same time you want to get up, so if you don’t answer, it means you fell asleep, and it’s up to him to wake you up.
Do you want to go to the gym?
This time you don’t just want to go a few times and then quit, like usual.
It will be much easier for you to be consistent in your exercise if you have someone to exercise with you.
Finding a gym buddy can help you to be consistent in your fitness goals.
Because when you don’t feel like exercising, he may motivate you to do the training that day instead of skipping it.
7. Don’t Freak Out When Falling Off The Wagon
As much as you should be consistent and constant, sometimes you will fall out of that schedule.
You’re not a machine; it’s bound to happen sometime.
Even though you are on a strict diet, you will surely eat some candies at some celebration.
Or you’ll miss classes or a day at the gym.
The important thing is not to freak out and give up on your dedication in that situation.
Go back to your usual routine and move on.
In A Nutshell,
“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come”– Dwayne Johnson
Don’t let all your big ideas and plans fail just because you’re not consistent enough.
Consistency is the perfect skill you need to achieve your goals.
Implement our tips, and you will notice how you become more consistent in life.