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Three Truths About Consistency

By Joy + Love| Joyce Loveless

THU APR 01, 2021

“I know what I need to do. I just can’t stay consistent”

Me: “What are you doing to create consistency each day?”

“Well… nothing.”

Ok, I’m hearing from so many of you have amazing goals to reclaim your wellness so you can be the healthiest version of yourself. Yay!

But inconsistency with your actions are keeping you from reaching your goals. Boo.

Being inconsistent can look like:

😖A compromise with yourself that you will focus on your goal later in the day AFTER you do something else but never finding the time.
😖A rationalization with yourself that you deserve a break and you’ll just pick up where you left off TOMORROW, but tomorrow never comes.
😖A negotiation with yourself that there is a reward or a consequence waiting for you ONCE you finally focus on your goal, but you have to keep upping the ante on yourself.

Rationalizing, compromising, and negotiating your way out of the work you SAID you would do can easily become a HABIT. All a habit is, in fact, is something you have done SO many times you can do it without thinking.

Truthbomb #1

Your current results are a direct result of your current habits.

If you want to be consistent, then you must decide to be consistent.

Consistency is a practice; a muscle that needs to be developed.

Inconsistency is a choice that erodes your trust in yourself, your self-confidence, and your motivation.

Truthbomb #2

Motivation will not magically appear for you every day, so you must learn how to cultivate it for yourself.

If you don’t: you "might" get lucky and get a shot of motivation once in a while, but at some point, you will stop focusing on the behaviors you committed to because you just don’t FEEL like doing them and you have lost sight of why you started in the first place.

How do you find your motivation each day?

Let me reframe that question.

How do you show up for yourself each day?

Truthbomb #3

Showing up consistently to honor the needs of your mind, body, and soul (especially when it is messy, hard, inconvenient, and not all that exciting)... that’s self-care.

Self-care is self-love.

In yoga, we say the pose we most want to avoid is the pose we really need.

The same is true for your goals.

When your goals are inconvenient, when you feel unmotivated, or just don’t feel like it is when you MOST need to focus on them.

If you do not COMMIT to making your goals happen, then it will remain just that - a goal.

A goal you chase day-in and day-out.

Committing means showing up every day and doing the work.

It means investing in yourself through your time, money, and energy.

It means turning that goal into your lifestyle so you can go on with your life with passion and purpose.