Over and over and over again I find that consistency, a little and often, goes a long long way.
Whatever project you might have going on at the moment – whether it’s a passion project or working on your fitness – just keep at it a little and often.
There will be doubts along the way (i.e. this might not work, this is sh!t, what’s the point, I not seeing any immediate returns/success) but doing something consistently will ALWAYS yield great results over time.
And just having faith in that conclusion is what should carry you to achieving it in the end.
Doing something consistently is the reward in of itself
Framing the fact that you’re able to do something consistently is the reward in of itself.
That a huge part of your overall success.
Essentially, that is success.
If you don’t see results in the short-term, keep at it and you’ll reach that point where a sudden influx of results will start coming your way.
If you managed to go to the gym 3x a week, every week, for 3months in a row, you’ve got a reference experience to back up your routine-building abilities.
But say you were to be suddenly sidelined due to injury, you’d be confident in yourself to be able to easily slip back into your gym routine once fully recovered simply because you’ve done it before and you’d be able to do it again.
It’s only when you don’t have this sort of reference experience to instil that sort of confidence that you run into self-doubt and uncertainty.
You might be thinking how do I know that if I put in the effort, I will definitely gain a reward later?
Well, in the very beginning you simply don’t – you can’t because you have no previous experience that would substantiate this idea that ‘consistency yields good results’. There is no evidence.
But as you accumulate experiences and make habits, these habits will be a testament to you’re ability of building new habits and sustaining them.
So even if you’ve built a good habit but for some reason or another you’ve dropped off – you stopped going to the gym or stopped cycling or stopped flossing – you’ll have the confidence in yourself to be able to get back on in because you’ve done it before.
A habit built is not a habit lost.
Because you have the reference experience, there’s a lot of confidence that stems from that, confidence in the fact that you could easily fall right back into the habit.
This is what you could refer to as habit memory.
Similar to muscle memory (i.e. your muscles getting used to certain exercises), your body remembers your habits and repetitive behaviours.
Because the more you do something, the more automatic the process/behaviour becomes and you don’t have to consciously think about it when you’re doing it.
It becomes a habit.
Discipline is the bridge between a ‘want’ and a ‘have’ and habits are the vehicle which will allow for sustained growth and consistent progress.
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