“What you do everyday matters more than what you do every once in a while.”
Consistency is one of the fundamental keys to success in any venture or goal you may have.
It’s easy to decide you are going to make massive changes in your life. It’s harder to commit to doing the necessary actions to accomplish those goals each day.
So often people (myself included) decide we are going to do something and we go all gung ho for a week and incorporate a billion things to do to reach our goal. We stick with it for a week or so and then it becomes overwhelming and we quit all together.
An easier and smarter approach is to start with taking one action step that assists you in reaching your particular goal and focus on doing that action step consistently for 30 days.
For example, if you want to start eating healthier and eating less junk food, you might decide to eat nothing but fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins and cut out all bread, sugar, soda, wine, candy, etc cold turkey. You can probably commit to that for a week (or maybe even a month) or so but then what happens? You crack and end up bingeing on an entire family size bag of chips or a carton of ice cream (and everything else you have been abstaining from).
A better approach would be to decide to incorporate a least one piece of fruit and one serving of vegetables into your diet for 30 days consistently. You could also commit to bringing your own lunch to work instead of going out and grabbing fast food. Once you have that down, you can continue to build from there. Additionally, along the way, you’ll probably enjoy it and naturally begin to incorporate more fruits and vegetables. You will feel better and less inclined to want all the junk food.
That’s just one example. You can also apply this to other areas of your life. You could commit to working out 30 minutes three times a week no matter what. You could commit to expressing your gratitude to at least one person in your life each day. You could commit to reading 20 minutes a day. The possibilities are endless!
I’ve been the person who committed to making massive changes and I would do them for a week or two and then life would happen and I would get sidetracked and distracted. Then a few weeks later I would start the vicious cycle all over again. The problem with this was that I never gained any traction and I just wound up frustrated and defeated. Once I started committing to one small change and building from there, I became so much more successful with making lasting changes. I might not be able to commit to reading four books a month but I can commit to reading a minimum of 10 pages a day no matter what. Once I implemented this, I read 10 pages every day and guess what else happened? I usually ended up reading a lot more than that.
At the end of the day, what you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while. So take a smarter approach to the changes you want to make in life. Set small, doable action steps that you can commit to doing and do them consistently.
I challenge you to implement this strategy into your life this week and watch it work for you.
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