My Motto for 2015 - Consistency
A few weeks ago a good friend of mine, Amanda planted a very simple idea in my mind. We were talking about the upcoming year and how each of us were going to approach the year to move us closer to our goals. Amanda suggested a very simple approach that she envisioned taking. She simply said that she planned to be consistent.
I thought to myself, wow how simple but powerful is that! Ever since I have been having a hard time letting go of the simple idea.
It got me thinking...
What if I simply focussed on...
Being consistent with my networking and meet people with the intent to connect with them;
Being consistent and write a paragraph a day in my efforts to become a better writer;
Consistently use my home gym for 30 minutes a day, 3-5 times per week in my efforts to become healthier;
Consistently engaging in conversation with my two children about the things that matter to them;
There are two problems as I see it as we head into 2015. Firstly, we are being bombarded by quick fixes to the various areas of importance in our lives. Secondly, many of us (me included) have become conditioned to take an all or nothing approach to progress.
For me the all or nothing approach has settled in deep in the area of health. This past year has been the year of the bandwagon for me in that area. Actually, this has been a bandwagon decade :) Something as simple as a business trip or a weekend at our cabin throws a monkey wrench into my health plans. You wouldn’t know but I have a spare body in my back pocket to take out when this one decides it has had enough.
But, what if consistency was the goal?
What if one week I get down to the gym 5 times but the next week only 3? What if I stopped being defeated by the 3 and just kept on moving
It is hard to argue with the fact that a year of consistency will certainly bring us closer to our goals.
What do you think? Has consistency worked for you?