Consistency in 2018
When we talk about being consistent in 2018, what do we mean and what does consistency actually mean us. Some other words that also mean consistency….stability, equilibrium, regularity, uniformity. By nature, we as humans crave structure, we crave stability and we like to feel balanced. We don’t like to go against the current. We enjoy routine. It makes us feel safe. This is typically why people avoid scenarios that creates a process of having to make tough choices. When someone doesn’t have to make hard choices, typically life is a lot easier. When we can build a new habit by being consistent with it, that uncomfortable, “out of our comfort zone” feeling is no longer a question in our head. That habit becomes a regular part of our day that creates stability in our life and assists us in feeling balanced.
Any type of change we make this year comes from changing human behavior. Its about prioritizing things that matter. Its about making a list of things you can control and things you can’t. The things you can control, go to the top of the list and the things you can’t, get put aside. Its so important to realize how much energy we spend throughout the day trying to control things we have no control over and often times, the things we can control, get put second. Perfect example of this is you want to to of the gym, but its cold out so you opt to stay home in the warm house rather then brave the elements. You can’t control the weather yet you let it dictate the one decision you could control….showing up.
If fitness (exercise and nutrition) is a priority in 2018, make it non-negotiable. The key to long term success is consistency and habit. If you struggle to make lifestyle changes, you will always make the things you can control the negotiable part of your day. What i mean by that is you will always find a reason or excuses to not make those changes and it usually stems from situations and circumstances you can’t control.
Make 2018 your year of change. Make YOU a priority. One day, one step at a time, focus on the positive and put your energy into things that matter. Doing this one step at time, leads to subtle changes in human behavior which will ultimately in a healthier you, physical and mentally.
I often use this analogy with my members. When you go on plane and they go over the safety protocol if something goes wrong. They alway instruct you to put your oxygen mask on first then help the person next to you. Even YOU before your kids. Think of life that way, if you don’t take care of yourself first, you can’t help anyone else. Do you want to be healthier? Do you want to be pain free? Do you want to be around to play with your kids or grandkids? D you want to get off daily prescriptions of medication by simply changing the way you eat and adding in exercise? If you answer yes to just one of those questions ….its time to start focusing on you. Make your change and just SHOW UP!