Being consistent shapes so many areas of our lives. Consistency in our work, relationships, personal endeavors and dreams or goals all matters in helping us to achieve things. Learning how to be more consistent is essential for improving your happiness and wellbeing, along with your productivity!
In this post, you’ll learn what consistency is, how to be more consistent, and what the benefits are for becoming more consistent. Let’s get started!
What is Consistency?
Before we dive into all of the benefits and strategies for being consistent, we have to define what consistency even is (and what it’s not). Consistency does not mean settling or being stagnant in habits that aren’t serving you. It doesn’t mean only following traditions or old-fashioned ways of doing things that don’t really apply to your life or goals. Things change constantly, and consistency does not mean that you don’t change along with your circumstances!
Being consistent means doing what works and continually doing things that work for you and add value to your life. If you’re finding success and making progress, you stay consistent and create habits that serve you as an individual in your life. If things are working, you don’t have to change things up!
Consistency is also about being regular, steady, and patterned. For example, if you want to see results or achieve a certain goal personally or professionally, you have to put in consistent work. If you want to lose weight or become healthier, you have to create a plan and commit to it. You have to show up and work out consistently—consistent workouts are so much more effective than sporadic and intense ones. The same goes for different goals in your personal life, relationships, and professional life. Consistent effort is so much more effective in creating results.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH VATA AND CONSISTENCY
Personally, I am historically inconsistent. I experience huge bursts of energy, fast-and-furious style, and then they fizzle out. In the Ayurvedic system, my dosha imbalance is Vata. Vata is responsible for our energy and movement as well as for nerve impulses. Vatas are energetic but forgetful.
When our energy is super out of balance, we find ourselves overwhelmed and feeling out of control. This is why consistency is so important. Creating habits is especially important for people like me who experience Vata dosha imbalance.
Habits Can Anchor You
Having daily habits lets me have anchors. Habits ground me, get me out of my head, and help me to feel like I’ve accomplished something on even the most frustrating days. Some of my daily habits include practicing my guitar, journaling and moving my body. Other habits are checking on my accounts and finances,
Consistent behaviors support the best version of myself and position me to feel more confident. When I feel confident, I put myself out there more. I meet more people, which turns into more relationships, which turn into more business! Consistency creates habits, and for me and so many others, habits are key to finding success.
Consistency has to do with repetition. It can take around 21 days to establish a routine, and even though that timeline can vary, you form connections in your brain by repeating actions. Forming a strong synapse in your brain helps you to act out of habit—you’re so consistent that you don’t even really need to think about it, like making coffee or brushing your teeth.
Why Do We Struggle With Consistency?
Consistency can feel like a challenge because of where we place our focus. If you only focus on the outcome, consistency is going to be hard. Instead, you have to focus on the process!
Struggling through the journey of becoming consistent is where all of the rewards lie. In order to reach that larger goal or change, you have to become consistent. Recognize the small consistent wins you’re making rather than only focusing on reaching that end-goal.
How Do We Practice Consistency?
FOCUS ON INCREMENTAL IMPROVEMENT
Consistency requires commitment. Once you have decided on an area of your life where you’d like to become more consistent, commit to the process! This means that no matter how you feel or what you have going on, you’re going to show up and do what you need to do.
Here’s an easy tip for becoming consistent: start small. Setting huge goals feels overwhelming, and the odds are that you won’t follow through. Start with small goals and then get incrementally larger as you become consistent at each level!
For example, if you want to wake up earlier, start by setting an alarm for five minutes earlier each day. This sounds small, but once you commit and follow through, you’ll become more consistent and be better able to achieve bigger goals later!
FORGIVE YOUR FAILURES
When you’re learning how to be more consistent, it’s okay to fail. So many of us struggle to understand that failure is okay. Sometimes, failing actually helps you in the long run! Eventually, a failure will serve you—failing and continuing to make an effort is a huge part of building consistency.
Whatever feelings accompany a failure, it’s okay to feel them. Reflect on your experience and accept that failure is a part of the journey toward being a consistent person.
LET GO OF THE ALL OR NOTHING APPROACH
Consistency is about consistent effort. Let go of the all or nothing approach—if you fail or mess up on the habit you are trying to build, just pick back up and continue making progress. Don’t feel like you have to start over completely.
If a huge project at work requires you to do a task every day, and you miss a day, just make up for that work and move forward. You don’t restart the whole project or scrap that project entirely!
In your personal life, maybe you’re committing to become more consistent in spending time with a friend. If you have to cancel plans for a work obligation even though one of your habit goals is to always follow through, set up a plan for next week.
Give yourself grace. When you’re learning how to be more consistent, you are going to experience ups and downs. That’s also a huge part of why those small goals are a great place to start in building habits and consistency.
How To Be More Consistent Even When You’ve Tried Before
Reaching a goal and becoming consistent is not a straight path to success. Every time you commit to building consistency, know that the path is going to be windy. You’re going to face ups and downs, lack of motivation, tiredness, and unforeseen challenges.
The best way to become more consistent is to have a consistent plan—what are you going to do when you wake up and don’t feel like working out? What if something comes up that messes with the consistency you’re building in your relationships? How will you course-correct if that professional goal you’re working toward has an unexpected obstacle?
Instead of giving up, know that you’ll consistently persevere. Show up anyway. Keep being consistent in making small strides toward that large goal. You can do this! Being consistent creates so many benefits in your life, so it’s worth it to make the effort.
The Benefits of Being Consistent (No Matter The Activity)
YOUR CONFIDENCE WILL SKYROCKET
Being consistent in even one area of your life will have a profound effect on you! Consistency shapes every area of our lives. It’s so important for us on a personal level to become consistent. When you show up consistently, you become so much more confident. If you put in the work, you’ll feel unstoppable!
YOU WILL IMPROVE IN WHATEVER YOU’RE DOING
If you want to improve yourself or reach a goal, consistency is essential. To grow and become better, we have to be consistent and work hard every single day! In your relationships, work, and every area of your life, consistency will help you become better.
YOU WILL BUILD MOMENTUM
Consistency helps you to build momentum. When you want to create change, improvement, or success, consistency helps you to build repetitive and habitual effort toward that goal. Create an action plan and follow through! Make changes if you need to, but remember to keep showing up.
Learning how to be more consistent doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. Practicing small, consistent efforts every single day drives you toward huge progress.
No matter what area of your life you are working on, consistency makes an incredible impact.
How will you work to become more consistent in your life?