how to be consistent in your life

Have you ever wondered how some people are able to achieve massive amounts of success while others work just as hard but achieve very little?

Consistency is the key to success, no matter what you are doing.  By definition, consistency is a referred to as adherence to the same principles in a steadfast way.   If you want to achieve anything of value and meaning in your life, then you need to be consistent.  This holds true in business and in relationships.  If something isn’t working in your life, ask yourself, “Have I been giving it consistent attention, energy, and time”?

In this video blog, I will talk about the value of consistency for personal and professional success, and I will share with you some consistency strategies that you can implement into your daily routine.  We tend to think that our goals are all about the end result, but in order to be truly consistent over the long term, we need to be committed and find ways to love and enjoy the process.

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Video transcript

All right, guys. Let's talk a little bit about consistency and being consistent with your goals. Now, I think we'd all agree, if you want to achieve anything of value and meaning in your life then you need to be consistent over the long term. If you want to get in great shape, it's not like you can just work out one time or for a weekend or a week or a month and then expect to have this amazing body.

It doesn't work that way. You got to be consistent every single day, every single day making progress towards your goal, working out, eating healthy, whatever it is, following your program. Be consistent with that and then over several months or several years, then you'll be able to achieve the end goal that you're after. Same thing with building a business. If you want to build a business and make money, you got to work at that and be consistent every single day or five days a week or three days a week.

Whatever your routine is, you got to be consistent and just by being consistent the compound effect takes over and there's little actions that you take, they lead to big results later down the road.

How do you be consistent?

We all agree consistency is paramount. You have to be consistent.

First of all, I will mention there's no 100% consistency. If you're going after 100% consistency and you're beating yourself up for every little time to get off track or whatever then you're setting yourself up for failure because no human being on the planet is 100% consistent. It doesn't exist. Everybody is human. We're all going to fall off a little bit here and there.

What's important is that you get yourself back on track. Don't aim for 100% consistency. Aim for a 90 or 95% consistency. That's the first thing that I'm going to put out there. If you do fall off track, that's okay. Don't beat yourself up too much.

Get back on track, learn from it and just focus on being more consistent after that. Now, there's a lot of strategies I could share with you guys on how to be more consistent. One of them is just having a strong enough why, having strong enough reasons that will keep you lasting long term, having compelling enough goals, having accountability, an accountability buddy, a coach.

Make use of accountability programs

I love accountability programs, I love 30-day challenges, 100-day challenges, publicly declaring my goals. These are all great ways that really force you to be more consistent with the actions because you know everything is going to count and there's a consequence for not doing it. However, I always believe that those are always temporary ways of being consistent, temporary ways of getting yourself to do something and I think a lot of people, they focus a little bit too much on that.

They focus on the strategy, the how-to rather than the psychology.

The psychology, when you make a shift in your mindset, then it shifts everything, it becomes a permanent lasting change. Let me give you an example. For me, to work out at the gym every day or to work out on my business or to spend time with my girlfriend or to eat healthy, these are all habits.

These are all actions that I do every single day in my life that I'm very consistent with and the great thing is, it doesn't require any willpower for me to be consistent with these things. I don't need to push myself, I don't even need to think about it very much. I just automatically do it. It's autopilot.

It's almost like an addiction that I have that I can't get myself not to do these things. It's almost like I work too much. I work out too much, I'm too healthy, I'm too passionate about certain things, I'm too obsessed with my morning ritual and all that sort of stuff.

Love and be addicted to the process

It's because I've learned to be addicted to and love the process, which is the ultimate long term strategy you need to recognize if you want to be consistent with anything over the long term. If you're just pushing yourself and you're depending that on willpower, you're going to burn out, man.

You're going to burn out and you can maybe be consistent of willpower for like a week or two but then after that it's not going to last. You're just going to get burned out because you're forcing yourself to do something that you don't really want to do. You're not aligned with it. You're not loving and enjoying the process, you're not yet addicted to it.

If you can find a way to love the process … Love the process, not the result, the process, then that's really all you need to be consistent.

I love the process of working out. I love the way it makes me feel. It's part of my morning ritual. It makes me feel better, increases my confidence, my pride, my self-esteem, it gives me a sense of accomplishment each day, increases my confidence. I love it. I love it. It's like I can't do it. I don't have any problems being consistent with that.

Eating healthy I'm obsessed with. If you guys were around me you'd think I'm a crazy person just how obsessed I am with eating healthy and taking my supplements and consuming the right foods and all that sort of stuff. Again, it's because I love it. I really enjoy the process of it and so consistency is something that's natural to me. I'm not forcing myself.

It's not a chore. It's not something that I have to do each day. It's something that I get to do and something I love to do.

Same thing working on my business. It's a Sunday right now. I'm recording this video right now but I work every day. It's because I love it and enjoy it. It doesn't require a lot of discipline or willpower for me whatsoever. I feel addicted to the process of it. Understand that all those other things are great, do them.

Have great goals, have strong reasons why, get accountability, publicly declare things, all that sort of stuff, but ultimately find a way to love the process, guys. Love working out, love eating healthy, love working on your business, love learning, love reading books, love your morning ritual, love doing all those sorts of things. Find ways to associate pleasure with them.

Associate pleasure with the things you do

I'm always thinking about the pleasure, the rewards, the benefits I get from doing those things and I'm always reinforcing those things on myself as well. If you associate pleasure with the things that are going to bring you closer towards where you want to be then you'll get closer towards where you want to be a lot faster and you'll be consistent with those things.

If you are associating pain to doing these things, then it's only so long before you can use willpower to continue doing those things. It's just not going to work. That's what's worked for me in terms of consistency. I never worry or think about consistency very much because it's just, again, I just love the things that I do. I found a way to integrate them and all my beliefs and values are aligned. There are no inner conflicts within me of these things.

I don't sabotage myself in any way with them. I used to have issues with that, but I just identified the beliefs that were stopping me and overcame them. A lot of the things that I share on my YouTube channel and my blog and everything will help you overcome those obstacles and barriers that you might have, but just finding a way to love it, finding a way to make sure you're aligned, that you associate pleasure with it, that's the ultimate in terms of being consistent. Thanks for watching this video. Talk to you guys again soon. Bye.

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  • Brian Shapleigh

    Great Video Stefan! Consistency and Discipline are two of my strengths and I love the concept of the compound effect and the slight edge. Consistency tells me that I’m going to win if I do a little bit each day. Thanks for the message!