Walk Your Way Well by Niamh O’Sheehan
Consistency is arguably the most important component when working to accomplish goals or to introduce a new level of fitness in our lives I cannot stress CONSISTENCY enough. It simply JUST WONT HAPPEN with the occasional walk or work-out. That's why I run a monthly "28 Day Step Count Challenge". To help introduce regular, repetitive, consistent walks.
You have likely come across the phrase: consistency is key. This phrase rings true in all spheres of life because consistency leads to habits, and these habits eventually impact your productivity and performance. Making sense so far?
Here are my FOUR top pieces of advice to ensure you maintain consistency.
ISOLATE ONE GOAL: Developing consistency takes work. Dedication. It’s burdensome, especially at first. It takes a lot of energy, a finite resource. Don’t make the process even more challenging by trying to do too much all at once …The trick is to pick one goal to focus on at a time. What’s your biggest issue? What’s your most damaging inconsistency? Start there. Work at it. Stabilise. Then move on to your next goal. Having said that sometimes two goals work well in unison… for example walking often to help quit alcohol!
INCREMENTAL IMPROVEMENT: You’re not going to develop a positive, worthwhile habit overnight. Our brains don’t work that way. In fact, it could take weeks or months to permanently change your behaviour. Or maybe just 28 Days! That’s a lot of patience and focus. That’s a lot of work. Allow yourself to notice and celebrate the small wins, the incremental improvements you achieve along the way. They’ll keep you motivated.
FIGHT EMOTIONS: The brain is a taxing organ. It uses a lot of energy, which is why we sometimes feel mentally sluggish or lazy, especially when faced with a challenge, like consistency. Sometimes we really are tired. Sometimes, though, it’s a biological trick …Don’t fall for it. Push forward. Fight your emotions. If you don’t, you’ll stay stuck. Check out "The Chimp Paradox" to learn more.
DEAL WITH FAILURE: As you pursue your consistency goals, you will get tired. You will stumble. Whatever your goal may be, you’re bound to misstep from time to time – and that’s okay. Slipping on your habits doesn’t make you a failure. It makes you normal. What separates top performers from everyone else is that they get back on track quickly. Forgive your failures and keep moving forward. What else can you do?
The Gist: Consistency brings results. The results you want. Consistency brings confidence. The confidence to continue. Consistency breeds trust. Trust in the process. Trust in yourself. Are you consistent? Drop me a line if you'd like to learn more or are interested in the Walk Your Way Well 28 Step Day Challenge. WhatsApp +34 676 507 791.