How to Be More ConsistentOct 25, 2023
One of the most common obstacles that stand in the way of people achieving results with their health is staying consistent. They can't seem to stick to one thing and maintain the necessary habits for an extended period of time.
On a personal note, consistency has been a struggle for me in my life! I am naturally drawn to new things and I like switching things up. I know it can also be hard to stay consistent after an event or vacation when you know, you just don't feel like it because you're tired or feel out of your routine...
Today, I want to share with you some of the common reasons you are struggling to stay consistent. Bringing awareness to these can help you make positive changes to improve your consistency and help you stay on track with reaching your health goals moving forward.
Common reasons you can't stay consistent:
1. You're doing too much.
One reason you can’t stay consistent is that you are trying to do too many things at once. It's hard to be focused on one thing at a time. You find yourself trying to multi-task and being ineffective in one area. Your brain has only so much capacity. This causes overwhelm and it's easy to feel overwhelmed or burnt out before you see results.
2. You’re impatient.
You want results now and when you don't see something change quickly, you switch things up. When you aren't consistent, this pushes you to see results even further down the road. Good things take time.
3. You doubt yourself.
You overthink and doubt yourself and your journey. Am I doing the right thing? Maybe there's a better way? Perhaps I'm doing it wrong? So your fear of judgment or failure gets in the way and you throw in the towel! This is a common one that a lot of the women I work with experience (been there!).
4. What you're trying isn't right for you.
Not everything that works for your friends or family works for you too and that is okay. We have to stop comparing ourselves to what everyone else is doing and sometimes go figure it out for ourselves.
How to become more consistent:
My advice for becoming more consistent in your life so you can reach those big goals of yours is to do the following:
Create a new identity
Shifting your identity to someone who is capable of implementing good habits will help you be more consistent. This does not happen overnight, but as you become more aware of your self-talk and start to believe in your ability to stick to something, this will help you be successful long term!
Start with one simple change and build from there.
Going back to the first reason you might not be getting the results you want is that you're doing too many things and not being effective. Choose ONE thing, build up the habit, and then add from there. This will also improve your self-confidence!
You can't expect yourself to remember things all the time. We have a lot going on in our lives and it's easy to get distracted or forgetful. This is why I suggest using your phone, or sticky notes as reminders! For example, if you want to be more consistent with your exercise, try scheduling "workout time" in your phone calendar, set reminders to get your gym bag ready, and put a sticky note in your bathroom that says "I always feel better after moving your body" to remind you when you don't feel like working out.
Plan for the opposing voice in your head.
Oh, you're tired after work when you told yourself you were going to go to the gym and your brain is now saying that you can just take the day off and go tomorrow? I get it, I've been there too. HOWEVER the more often you put something off after saying you would do it, your brain takes note and it goes against your integrity. This makes it hard for you to trust yourself when you say you will do something because you tend to back out. Make a plan knowing you are likely going to come up against this obstacle and do something about it!
Be compassionate with yourself.
This can be a toughie. It's common to want to be angry with yourself if you don't hold yourself accountable for the thing you said you were going to do. Ask yourself what caused your inconsistency. Reward yourself when you build up the habit.
Make a plan.
Having a plan can make a huge difference in your ability to stay consistent. Without a plan, it's easy to get distracted and forget about your goals.
Track your progress
This can help you build your consistency. Make it a habit to track whatever it is daily. So for example, if you want to eat better, you can track your meals in a food journal. In this food journal, you can also note how this food made you feel.
Get support from someone who can help hold you accountable.
Having someone to share your journey with can make a world of difference! An accountability partner can provide encouragement, motivation, and guidance when you need it most. When you have someone holding you accountable, you're more likely to stay committed to your goals. Knowing that someone is counting on you can be a powerful motivator to keep going, even when you feel tempted to give up.
Remember, staying consistent on your health journey is not about perfection; it's about progress!
I believe in the power of community and accountability. That's why I've created a supportive online space where you can connect with other women who share the same passion for living a healthier & happier life. The Healthy Babes club is filled with inspiring individuals who are ready to cheer you on and provide the support you need to stay consistent on your journey!
If you're interested in joining The Healthy Babes Club, please visit the website here and sign up.
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