I was writing a tip sheet today about how Coaching Groups need to be CONSISTENT and it got me thinking about how I struggle with being consistent on a daily basis. Do you?
*This morning, the alarm sounded early, and I had to make a decision on whether I wanted to be CONSISTENT and get up to go to the gym.
*When I finished my work out, I thought about drinking a cup of coffee in front of the news, but I wanted to be CONSISTENT, so I made the choice to journal, which is something I’ve been trying to do.
*When I got into my office, I had to make a decision as to what I would focus on and prioritize this morning, and that brought me back to my plan and my goals. I want to be CONSISTENT, so I went back to that plan.
Every day we have to make choices as to whether we’ll be consistent or not. Every day we most likely fail at some things, then we have victory with some things.
It’s a matter of choice!
Here are some ways that you can “BE MORE CONSISTENT‘ from Dr. G. The numbered items are hers, the comments are mine:
#1) Make a conscious decision to remain consistent.
This starts with you. When you are aware of your desire for consistency, you need to make decisions, every day.
#2) Revise your concept of time.
The only time you have is “right now”. Sometimes we put things off, we procrastinate, we assume that we can do it later. Come up with a more realistic concept of your time and the way you manage your time.
#3) Have a plan and know your objective.
We always talk about this whether it’s personal fitness or diet, leadership goals, organizational goals, a plan for your family, whatever. Take the time to create a plan and from this will come your priorities.
#4) Remember that feelings and thoughts are temporary and subjective.
Just like my example of waking up in the morning for the gym. I always feel better after working out. It’s that moment of decision that I need to worry about. Your goals and plan should override a temporary thought or excuse.
#5) Do one thing at a time. Be in the present moment.
We are just trying to do too much, and this plays into our ability to be consistent. Do less. Do the most important. Think about Covey’s Quadrant II. Focus.
What can you do today that will bring more consistency into your life?
Here’s one more example: The reason I got out of bed this morning to go to the gym was because my son was there waiting for me. He provided the accountability and the motivation to help me be more consistent.
Do you have people in your life that are helping you be more consistent? Do you have accountability built into your life plan?
Think about this week and identify some areas that you want to bring some consistency to. It could be your schedule, your relationships, your physical shape and diet, your role as a leader. It can be anything! Start with one thing today.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle