Consistency is the Key: 3 Steps to Success

Consistency is key to success

Last Updated on November 16, 2022 by Kayla

In Hindi, the meaning of consistency is “togetherness” and/or “harmony.” Consistency is the key and creates stability so we can build motivation and momentum toward our goals. This constancy is habit-forming and becomes easier with time and repetition.

Think about your journey toward making sustainable lifestyle changes. Whether it’s becoming more consistent with how you eat, perform in a sport, or consistency in prayer, recognize that consistency is the single most important factor when it comes to success. Repetition and consistent action are greater than perfection.

Consistency > Perfection

Aim for consistency – NOT perfection. When we give ourselves rigid rules, we are bound to quit the moment we fall short of perfect. Having a zero-tolerance for carbs, sweets, or alcohol may be unrealistic, not to mention quite dreadful, so do yourself a favor and loosen the reigns.

On the other hand, consistency helps establish desired behaviors and allows us to build momentum over time. Emphasizing consistency over perfection helps avoid the dreaded “all or nothing” mindset and keeps your butt strapped in the wagon.

One of the first weight management strategies I introduce in the LIFe {Lose It Forever} program is the 80/20 principle. This concept encourages 80% of the foods you eat to be from the Foods to Favor list, and for the remaining 20%, no food or drink is off-limits.

Allowing yourself a “margin of error” – or, more optimistically, a “window of opportunity” – enables you to enjoy family, work, and social events without fretting over each and every morsel that crosses your lips. So, “Party on, Wayne!” – 20% of the time anyways.

3 Ways to Improve Consistency

Building healthy habits is easier said than done. It takes time and persistence, but I promise, it gets easier with repetition! Here are some tips to start and help begin your journey toward steady change.

1. Don’t overreach

Set realistic goals that don’t require you to stretch too far beyond your comfort zone. Think about Goldilocks and the three bears. Aim to set benchmarks that aren’t too easy, too hard, and that are just right.

Ideally, you’ll set goals just beyond your comfort zone. Something that challenges you slightly and leaves you feeling proud once accomplished. Move the needle a little further each time, and before you know it, you’ll be taking giant steps toward your health and weight loss goals.

Remember, start small in order to win big.

2. Modify your environment

Don’t be a victim of your surroundings. Rearrange your routine and environment to encourage healthy behaviors. For example, if your goal is to drink more water, have it cooled and ready to grab-and-go for work the next day. If you want to reduce eating out, pack a lunch and leave your credit card at home – just in case the temptation hits!

Transform your systems and make the healthy choice the easy choice!

3. Plan for failure

Failure is NOT a bad thing. I know you’re probably thinking **eyes rolling** “Yeah, yeah, we’ve all heard that one before.”

It’s a hard pill to swallow, yet failure provides an opportunity to learn and grow. Whether it’s making a mistake at work or slipping up on your diet, screwing UP literally heightens your awareness of certain behaviors and allows you to explore what you can do differently next time. And so, next time failure presents a learning opportunity, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What led up to this decision?
  • How can I plan ahead to prevent XYZ?
  • What barriers do I anticipate next time it happens?
  • How would it feel to overcome _______ in the future?

In the simplest terms, don’t be too hard on yourself by setting unrealistic goals. The fact that you’re even thinking of self-improvement in one form or another shows incredible self-awareness, which is step #1 in making any sort of lasting change. Create opportunities to celebrate small, consistent wins, so you can build momentum and keep motivation high.

Making healthy lifestyle changes can be different than what we’re used to, but it doesn’t have to be hard!

Words from the Wise

“It’s not what we do once in awhile that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”
 – Tony Robbins

Anthony Jay Robbins, AKA Tony Robbins, is known as a self-made millionaire, self-help author, and motivational speaker, among many other hats he wears. Tony shouldn’t need the introduction, and if anyone knows how to succeed in life, it’s him. Tony preaches consistency as one of the core principles of success. I’ll take his word for it; consistency is the key.

There will always be an excuse to put yourself and your health goals on hold. The reality is, it’s up to you. And you can start today by making small changes consistently over time.

In health,

Kayla Girgen, RD, LD
Bariatric Dietitian & Mindset Coach
Digital Creator, LIFe app

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