There are plenty of qualities that make up a successful person, and consistency is up there at the top. We can learn, grow, and move into action, but if we don’t continue to do so, we aren’t going anywhere. The art of being consistent is the key to reaching your big and small goals.
But how do you accomplish this? How do you become a more consistent person? Unfortunately, there’s no magic wand solution here. It takes hard work and a strong mindset! And it all starts with habits.
Develop good habits.
Being consistent comes down to habits. After all, the definitions are almost interchangeable. So, it goes without saying that developing and sticking to routines throughout your day will help you become a more consistent person.
If this is all new to you, start small. Creating new habits is no easy feat, especially if you’re attempting to replace bad ones.
Quick and easy habits to start:
- Drink more water. Some suggest half of your weight in ounces.
- Create a morning and/or nighttime routine. (See section below)
- Read 10 pages a day from a personal growth book.
- Go for a walk every day … rain or shine.
- Take care of indoor plants.
- Meal plan for the week.
When you think about picking up new habits, it can feel overwhelming. Try picking one or two items from above and master consistency with them.
If you’re feeling extra ambitious, we came across this Entrepreneur.com blog where they compiled “101 Good Habits for a Productive, Prosperous, Happy Life!”
Have a solid morning and nighttime routine.
Speaking of good habits, developing a morning and nighttime routine is a great place to start! The way we begin and end our day sets the tone for our ability to be consistent. Need some ideas on what your morning and nighttime routines should look like? Feel free to choose from the list below!
Morning routine ideas:
- Move your body. Anything from taking a walk outside, yoga, a home workout, or even heading to the gym will work.
- Eat a healthy breakfast or drink a smoothie.
- Drink water before coffee.
- Read a few pages of a personal growth book.
- Get in a quick journal session.
- Avoid looking at your phone first thing in the morning.
Nighttime routine ideas:
- Stop watching tv and looking at your phone well before bedtime.
- Plan your following day.
- Practice self-care with a relaxing bath or a skin care routine.
- Meditate or journal.
- Practice gratitude.
It’s not necessary to do every single task on these lists. Find the routine that works best for you. The goal is to be consistent in order to set yourself up for success in all aspects of life!
Keeping organized is another key ingredient to being a consistent person. Removing both physical and mental clutter leaves more space for the important tasks. Have you ever heard of “decision fatigue”? It’s reported that adult humans make, on average, 35,000 decisions a day. We don’t know about you, but that sounds exhausting!
The more we do to eliminate menial decisions throughout our days, the better. We suggest keeping an organized home. We also encourage you to plan ahead so that your day feels consistent rather than haphazardly pieced together.
Get plugged in and stay plugged in.
Self-control is a learned skill, so getting all the help we can as we’re developing or refining this habit is crucial. Get plugged in and stay plugged in!
What does this mean exactly? Stay connected to your team, attend events, read books, and listen to audio. These habits, over time, are guaranteed to help you become a more consistent person.
Life and business were not meant to be done alone. Stay plugged in to inspiration and keep pursuing your dreams.
Know your “why.”
Working hard going after your dreams is not an easy road. But regardless of what you face along your journey, the ability to persevere is essential. In the same way that you need to get (and stay) plugged in, you also need to have external motivation in the form of your “why.”
If you know why you’re climbing the mountain before you, through good times and bad, you’re more likely to stick to your commitment.
Being consistent and staying consistent.
As you can see, the overall theme of being consistent is routine. Setting yourself up for success by developing habits will help you steer clear of overwhelm and burnout.
Do you feel like you need more ideas when it comes to creating new habits? Check out our blog on “Four Habits for Productivity.” We think it’ll help if you’re looking for some additional inspiration.