Raise your hand if you’re someone who is consistently inconsistent.
Seems like something to laugh about, right?
But it’s true! How many times have you said to yourself - I’d be at my weight loss goal by now or I’d be closer to my business goals right now if I could just stick with it?
Which is code for saying -- I need help consistently being consistent!
It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to build better habits in your life or your biz, it’s hard to be consistent over time, isn’t it?
Here’s the thing, it doesn’t have to be hard. I’m going to share 4 hacks with you that will help you be consistently consistent.
These are ideas you can use together, or experiment with one at a time.
Whatever you choose, I promise if you start with even just one, you’ll start seeing results as you work toward becoming more consistent.
Consistency Hack 1: Start by asking yourself, “What can I do to make this better?”
When was the last time you looked at the circumstances around your current habits and asked yourself… Why am I doing it this way?
If something isn’t working for you, why do you keep at it? And even if it IS working.. Is there a more efficient way?
Friends, it’s time to re-evaluate your processes.
It’s time to ask yourself where and how you can make improvements.
Where can you trim something down?
What can you delegate?
What can you stop doing completely?
How can you hack your productivity or efficiency just a little more?
Let’s talk about a concrete example.
For example, let’s say you were trying to transition to eating more plant based, or even vegetarian.
But you were really struggling with saying goodbye to animal products.
You tried a few plant based foods or products but they just weren't doing it for you.
So now you’re thinking, okay this isn’t working for me.
Before you give up, though, what if you ask yourself -- what can I do to find the success I’m looking for?
Suddenly, your mindset is one of power instead of defeat.
When you focus on the concept of “better”, the solutions you come up with are going to be energizing and motivating.
And that alone encourages you to keep at it -- which is how you build consistency over time.
Consistency Hack 2: Focus on habits that support your mental health
If something is draining you, you’re going to resist it.
If you’re trying to build a habit that doesn’t support your mental health in some way - either by alleviating anxiety, improving your mood, bringing you joy, etc - it’s probably not worth doing.
Revisit what you’re working toward.
Is it truly lifting you up?
If not, can you pivot it in a way that it will be more uplifting?
If the answer is no, it’s probably time to let it go.
Sometimes the act of letting something go is all you need to instantly feel better.
Consistency Hack 3: Get real with yourself about what you can and can’t do
You can’t do it all.
It would be amazing if you could.
But the truth is… You’re human. And so am I. We’re limited by time and energy.
I don’t know about you, but I have many days where there are tons of things I want to do.
Sometimes I get frustrated when I can't do it all.
And I’m not even necessarily talking about being productive in my biz.
I’m talking about wanting to workout, meditate, eat well, drink water, keep up with the house stuff, go to the market, run a few errands, work my biz, veg in front of the TV (although these days it’s been Hulu on my laptop)… and of course spend time with my family, not to mention, work on my self-care routines.
It’s a lot.
I know I’m not the only one who feels this pressure to balance everything. And I also know I have to remind myself - what I get done is good enough.
Try reminding yourself of the same thing and take a moment to think about when is it good enough?
Putting this constant pressure on yourself to do it all isn’t realistic or healthy.
Set a few priorities of things you absolutely must do and then consider anything else you work into the day asa bonus.
The pressure to do it all doesn’t have to be there.
Choose to let it go.
Consistency Hack 4: Start focusing on the process instead of the results
This is probably different from what you're used to hearing.
You’re used to focusing on goals, right?
Goals are important.
But a goal is nothing without the steps you have to take to achieve it.
Sometimes those steps are called intentions.
You know I’m all about intentions.
Intentions are what really matter because when you get intentional about what you're doing, you see the magic happen.
Pull your vision from the end result you want to see and focus it on the steps you need to take today to push you forward.
A couple things happen when you do this.
Things feel less complicated. You know where you’re going (that’s your goal), but by focusing on just one step at a time, life gets simpler
You start to see momentum from those small daily steps
That momentum builds consistency, which is what makes achieving your goal possible
If you’re looking for a way to put this stuff into practice, you’ll want to grab my free consistency tracker. It’s a 21 day consistency tracker.
Each day, you’ll check in with the tracker and note if you worked building consistency.
If you didn’t, you have to start back on day 1. Bummer, right? But this will encourage you to keep going.