a. It makes sense because when you want to develop new habits or progress at literally anything, how will you know if it works or not if you aren’t consistent. In terms of dieting, whether to lose, gain, or maintain weight, it is half science, half trial and error. But you will not have any idea if the trial works or is an error needing tweaked if you haven’t been consistent with the terms.
2) Consistency doesn’t happen from being consistently motivated
a. Because being consistently motivated is simply not a thing. Instead, remember that feelings, thoughts, cravings, emotions, they are all temporary, but your goals are not. Consistency happens when you make a plan, “A scheme, program, or method worked out beforehand for the accomplishment of an objective:” and respond to it by Getting. It. Done. That, my friend, is how consistency works and is executed.
b. “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, but from overcoming what you once thought you couldn’t”
3) Consistency doesn’t have to happen in every single area all at the same time
a. Prioritize and pick your battle. Work on doing a single thing more consistently such as eating veggies more often/daily or workout 3-4x a week or read every other day. Make a list of what you want to become better at, rank them, and start at the top of the list. Once you’ve made that first item easy to consistently achieve add one or two more. Just keep setting small goals for yourself that will lead you to the finish line. Don’t become overwhelmed by tackling it all at once and then discouraged when you’ve achieved none or very little of them.
4) Consistency needs reminders
a. Especially in the beginning of creating more consistency in whatever it is you are working on, you will definitely need reminders. Leave a note, set alarms, whatever. Just know you can and will get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and forget if you don’t have something to get you centered and aware of what you need to accomplish that day to stay consistent.
5) Consistency also needs scheduled
a. “Don’t prioritize your schedule, schedule your priorities” -Steven Covey. Scheduling time to complete your priorities and the thing you want to be consistent with is highly important, and so is planning ahead. If your next day is or might possibly be a demanding, stressful, or full day, to remain on top of being consistent you have to plan ahead. Whether that’s getting up earlier, preparing the night before, etc. Build your life around it rather than try and ‘fit it in’.
6) Consistency doesn’t entail perfection
a. Please understand that just because you fall off the wagon, that doesn’t mean you are a failure. Failing is when you quit. Plain and simple. If you do your best and get back to working on your goals, then you are not a failure. You are human. So do your best, be proud of yourself and your accomplishments, and keep adding to your journey and your story. You got dis.