Consistency & How to Build Better Habits

#CONSISTENCY… The key to achieving any goal. 🔑 No matter your goal, whether it be fat loss or muscle gain, CONSISTENCY is key. If you aren’t consistent in actioning the plan (ie. adhering to your nutrition/training), then you can’t expect results.

Consistency, a byproduct of discipline, is the repetition of small efforts day in and day out and it is the difference between failure & success. It’s also a skill that can be acquired by anyone through re wiring and creating better habits.

Earlier this year, I read Atomic Habits by James Clear. It’s an excellent book that I highly recommend and it compliments a course I took 10 years ago called Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Both have helped me hone my skills of discipline & consistency in all aspects of my life (it’s always a work in progress as there is always room for improvement). In light of this, I thought I’d share some tips on how to create better (or new) habits based on what I’ve learned and trialed over the past decade:-

⏩ Start with a small habit that is easy enough without reliance on motivation (as motivation is transient & unreliable). For instance, rather than starting with 50 pushups per day, start with 5 pushups per day.

⏩ Increase the habit incrementally each day. The one per cent improvements add up surprisingly fast.

⏩ Break big habits down into smaller habits. It’s important to keep each habit realistic, reasonable & achievable to maintain momentum. Ie. If you’re trying to do 50 pushups per day, try splitting them throughout the day into 5 sets of 10 pushups.

⏩ Plan for failure. Create a plan for what you will do and how you will get back on track, in the event you fall off track. If you realise that individual failures have little impact on long-term success, then you can more easily rebound from failures and setbacks.

⏩ When you slip up, get back on track straight away. Research has shown that missing a habit once, no matter when it occurs, has no measurable impact on long-term progress. Consistency is more important than perfection.

⏩ Be patient and stick to a pace that is sustainable.

And remember… Small steps turn into miles! 👣