Consistency is Key 

     

    “It’s been an long day and the last thing I want to do right now is workout. I’ve been good all week, what’s one day off?” Sound familiar? This is the story of oh so many of us (me included) and it’s easy to fall off the train that’s going to take us to our destination; but if you push through it, even during those times when there are a million and one better things to do, you’ll achieve the success you’re striving for. You know the difference between successful people and those who wish they could be successful. Just doing it.

    Nike came up with the best slogan ever, ‘just do it’. It’s the simplest statement but the hardest thing to do. Why? Because we’re naturally wired for instant gratification. Our brains are structured in such a way that ‘if it feels good, do it’. This slogan is the one our brain likes best, but that’s not what’s really going to bring us success. Achieving your goals comes from having good timing, hard work, and determination to stick with it.

    Good timing?! You might be wondering what that has to do with anything. Well, if you think back to my article, Live YOUR Life, you remember me saying that we all are at different stages or phases of our life. There are times when you might have all you can handle and adding in a workout regiment isn’t the thing to put on your docket at that time. You are setting yourself up for failure unless you can dedicate yourself to the task you’re trying to achieve. When you do that you have the mental and physical capacity free to put the hard work in.

    A little story about hard work. You need to do it. I had a student who was very dedicated to making sure he structured time aside to complete his workouts. He’d get to the gym and do a few of the exercises but spend most of his allotted time watching how to do the workout. After his workout time was up he’d check out and be done. Well, he’s gaining some knowledge, but his goals of improving his physical structure, let’s just say it was null and void. He wasn’t putting the effort into his workouts to achieve the results he wanted.

    Having the ‘just do it’ mentality goes much further than even timing and effort but takes consistency. You have to keep pushing though each goal, each workout, each day one at a time. Remember the story of the tortoise and the hair. Ok, bad example, but you see my point that slowly chipping away at your goal in a structured and methodical manner brings you to the finish line. Your body loves consistency and knowing what to expect. It craves being on a schedule. No, I’m not saying you need to be militant about it, but help give your body what it needs to achieve success.

    Consistency is the key to the kingdom of your success whether it be in your workouts, your nutrition or even just your daily life. You have to ‘just do it’. No one can do it for you and reaching the precipice is going to take a lot of work, but just like I’ve done with your workout routines, break it down slowly, build and stay consistent. All of a sudden that 3 pound dumbbell will turn into a 5 pound dumbbell and over time possibly a 50 pound dumbbell, one day at a time.

     

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