How do consistency and motivation, the two sides of our life success coin, affect our ability to achieve our goals? We all have good intentions, we all want to be motivated, to wake up in the morning to jump out of bed and get going. Who doesn’t want to have a plan to succeed in life, to work out, to eat a balanced diet, to do all the things we know we should be doing.
Everybody has good intentions – we all want to be the best we can be. But taking action to achieve our goals can be a real challenge. So challenging that we can sometimes derail ourselves either by getting sidetracked or stopping short of our goals.
We often start out very motivated, excited that we’ve set a goal, eager to reach it. We start with grandiose goals. Things like I’m going to lose 20 kg, find a job in a day, eat healthy -always, save 30K for a down payment, do 10 one arm push-ups, regulate my blood sugar through diet and exercise or get a promotion. Are these things possible? Absolutely.
Achieving goals is possible, but not without some work, some action, some determination and perseverance. Could you or I do a one-arm push-up? Sure we could, not today, but if we dedicated the next 6 months to it we could do one. Couldn’t we?
Here’s the thing. Achieving goals takes far more than motivation. Action is required and that action requires consistency. After all, I’ll be motivated to reach my one arm push up goal until I do the first day of training and realize I can’t even do one girly push up. When I wake the next morning I’ll likely be sore, very sore, from using muscles I didn’t know I had. Then the concept of a one-arm push up will seem light years away and virtually impossible.
To push through this now demotivated state requires dedication, to consistently strive to do more girly push-ups, to get stronger and to eventually be able to do a full push-up. Consistency is the difference between failure and success.
E.M. Gray said, “The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose”
You see what we do consistently leads to small wins and these small wins over time lead to bigger wins. The 1 pound of weight loss/week, the saving 50 dollars a month, the 1 push-up over time these add up to losing 10 pounds, to saving 500 dollars to doing 10 push-ups. Motivation is great, but it is our consistent behaviours that will keep us consistently progressing towards our goals and towards life success.
I challenge you to break your big life goals down into smaller bite size, pardon the pun, goals. By breaking larger goals down into small time bound goals you will achieve positive forward momentum which leads to achieving your larger goals. This week eat a healthier breakfast, swap brown bread for white, take lunch instead of eating out. These little adaptations to your normal behaviour will help you reach your health and saving goals.
Our success in life depends on the choices we make every day. What are your thoughts on this? Did you face any challenges or obstacles in adapting your behaviours to achieve positive momentum in your life.
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