One thing I’ve often talked about with anyone that’s willing to listen (or at least pretend) is the power and importance of consistency. It’s the little things you do every single day that make you successful. It has absolutely nothing to do with the right workout, the right diet and goes far beyond that to things like the right job, the right car and so on. Basically, people put so much time and effort into finding the perfect whatever that they completely ignore the fact that they haven’t even started the most basic things that will get them their success. It’s not that surprising really because, as humans, we are going to do all the right things and email all the people we need to and start eating right, hitting the weights, not letting stress overwhelm us, etc etc.
All of that stuff, we’re going to do all of it…TOMORROW!
The power of consistency is that when tomorrow comes, you’ve already started. Sure, you didn’t do a great job (it probably sucked to be honest), but you got started. Here’s a pretty typical scenario; get to Monday night and being tired and stressed and hungry after work, you sure as hell aren’t making it to the gym tonight. Now there goes your whole week, “I didn’t go, I’m a failure, I’m fat, I’m stuck this way. It’ll be different…next Monday. Hey, at least you’re consistent, right?
But what if you went Sunday instead? When Monday rolls around, you might be a little more energetic and inspired to keep going. Or maybe you’re still too tired, but instead of being defeated, you head back in on Tuesday. Over time, this builds into a regular and pretty unstoppable, consistent habit. I can always tell who has turned weightlifting and diet into a lifestyle rather than something they’re just trying out. It’s actually a very simple:
Whenever the holidays come around, they always complain about how much weight they’ll gain.
That’s because their body’s haven’t started to work for them. Anyone that trains regularly and eats mostly right almost never worries about the holidays (except for in-laws). Sure, we might gain a few pounds, but that’s nothing that won’t go away soon after. Muscle keeps your metabolism higher and acts as a buffer when you cheat a bit.
If you’re still wondering about it, just look at LaKeisha Shurn. She’s the woman that did the 100 days of exercising video. Just watching it, she does EVERYTHING wrong from a trainer’s standpoint: cardio, weight machines and she even used the smith machine (dear god!). But who cares?? She got the ball rolling and didn’t worry about the “right” way to do everything.
So take a look at yourself. What are you consistent about? Chances are, the most consistent things are those that are holding you back.