There’s one thing many successful people have in common. They are consistent. And as much as we’d like to believe it, overnight success is a just a myth. We can be swept up in that idea when we see the accomplishments in other people’s lives. But the difficult truth is, they only got to where they did through a slow and systematic process.
I don’t think many people would argue the point that Oprah knows a little something about building a brand. In an interview with British vogue, she said that her frustration with young people is that “they think success is supposed to happen like that.”
She said that she built her brand one decision at a time. She explains, “…how I got to be a brand was not trying to be a brand! How I got to be a brand was: every day, making choices that felt like ‘this is the right move’ and ‘now that’s the next right move'”
Basically, one step at a time until she became who she is today.
How To Stay Consistent
Consistency = Meeting Your Goals.
It really is that simple.
If you’re anything like me, you consider yourself an “ideas” person. Coming up with an idea is never a problem, even crafting a nice plan of execution is fairly simple. But oh, the follow through. The repetitive day in and day out–that is where the problem lies. The irony is that’s the most important part.
Regardless of the goal you want to achieve, remaining consistent is a crucial part of the process. You want to loose weight? Well, you’ve got to consistently eat the right foods and exercise. If you want to grow your blog, you must consistently create new content and market it. If you want to be a better creative, you must consistently read and practice your craft. No matter what the goal, you’ll need to consistently do the work to get there.
So we know it’s important, but what can we do to actually achieve it?
1 | Figure out what you Really Want
What is your ultimate end goal? Do you want financial freedom by building your own business? Do you want to be an executive at a corporation? Do you want to loose 25lbs?
It’s time to get very familiar with what you actually want out of your life. Get that vision in your mind and hold on to it. I even recommend writing it down on paper so you have a hard copy ( or typing it…i’ll settle for a digital copy 🙂 ). Once you know what you want, you can work backwards from there. Now you have something like a roadmap, and everything you do after this point should be taking you a step closer to the goals you laid out for yourself.
What’s more, if you’re working towards a goal you really want, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Anything work fighting for is going to require perseverance. It’s incredibly difficult to hang in there when the times get rough, if it’s something that you aren’t connected to.
Knowing what you want is the foundation to remaining consistent.
2 | Batch Your Schedule
This is a productivity hack that I absolutely love, it also does wonders in the realm of consistency. When you have a long to-do list for a variety of things, it can become overwhelming quickly. While multi-tasking feels like the ideal, it can actually leave room for errors. Our attention to detail best serves us when we can focus on one thing at a time.
A better approach is to separate your to-do list into categories. Depending on your preferences, you may want to spend an entire day on one category, and the next day on another. Or you may opt for segmenting your day, working on one category for a few hours at a time. The latter is my preferred method.
Either way, working on things based on the category and batching them together proves to be a better way to get things done. You can take one day out of the week and plan ahead for however long you like.
3 | Get Some Small Victories Under Your Belt
What’s something you can take care of right now? I’m talking within the next 10-15 minutes that you’ve been putting off? Go and get that done! Getting some small victories as soon as possible will do wonders for your consistency.
You know that super happy feeling you get when you’ve made progress? Even the smallest thing can uplift your spirits. When you start working towards your goals and making improvements, you create momentum. Momentum is extremely important when you are trying to make lasting changes and transform your life.
Small changes make all the difference. You don’t start off running a marathon, you start off running 1 minute, then 5 and so on. Every accomplishment is a building block for the next.
So go out there and get those wins!
4 | Let Go Of Your Current Narrative
This is probably the hardest thing to do on this list. Many of us have preconceived ideas about ourselves. Conscious or subconscious, they can affect our ability to shine. If you think becoming an author isn’t practical, and it’s only reserved for a lucky few, then you may never begin writing your book. If you think eating healthy costs too much, then you may never make the lifestyle changes required to lose weight. The list goes on.
What we internalize and think about ourselves and our abilities matters a great deal to our overall success. If you want to be successful powerhouse, you’ll likely need to let go of some of those negative thoughts. Think about the current narrative you tell yourself, is it positive?
The hard part about this is that changing our habits is never easy. The same way you formed them is the way you will break them, by intentional and consistent (of course) action. It’s definitely not something that will happen quickly, but it is well worth the effort.
Consistency is one of the key elements to making a breakthrough in your life. No matter the goal, we will have a hard time achieving them if we do not work on them systematically. Now I want to hear from you:
Do you think consistency is important to making your dreams a reality? What do you do to stay consistent?
I hope you found value in this post! Thank you for reading!