Make or Break your Habits – CONSISTENCY – 5th of a 5 part series

In this blog, I will go over CONSISTENCY.  Seems pretty straight forward right?  Not so much.  By being consistent it will create a routine and therefore staying on track will be as easy as any other daily routine.  If you missed the first four blogs, check them out: 1st: Make or Break Habits – WHY , 2nd: Make or Break Habits – PLAN, 3rd: Make or Break Habits – SWITCH and 4th: Make or Break Habits: SMALL .

You see our brains like repetition when it comes to habits.  It requires it.   Without practice, a habit is limited in its ability to sustain.  The common hurdle when it comes to creating habits is lack of consistency.  If you start out with the best of intentions and do what needs to be done, then you are off to a great start.  Operative word is “start”.  If after a few weeks, you lose motivation and stop going, it was effort in futility.  It’s important to keep going even when you don’t feel like it because that is the wall everyone stops at.  If you’re able to push yourself forward and stick with the reason you started (see 1st: Make or Break Habits – WHY) then you will have enough motivation to put one foot in front of the other.  

As I mentioned above, your brain needs consistency.  You must practice.  Practice is the repetition of action with the goal of improvement.  This is how it’s done.  With practice, a habit is formed.  Think of when you first started to drive.  You were nervous and awkward but over time you got good enough where you don’t even think about driving anymore.  Now, I don’t know about you but I was going to do what it took to not only get my license but my own car.  My “WHY” was freedom.  That was enough for me!  To this day I’m sooooo grateful for my vehicle.  I take care of it so it can take care of me.  Think of your immune system as your vehicle.  If you don’t take care of it, it will not be able to take care of you.  Now, getting back to consistency. 

Start by setting an attainable goal and plan to practice consistency so it becomes your routine. You see, this is why diets do not work (I know, I sound like a broken record); you must have a sustainable goal and diets are anything but.  Diets are weeks of deprivation for a short-term goal.  Have the patience and persistence by getting consistency under your belt and I promise you there will be amazing results. 

Be well!  

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