Make "being consistent" your most important goal.
This relates to anything you are trying to reach in life, learning something new, transforming your body composition, reaching your athletic goals…
"Consistent: always acting or behaving in the same way; of the same quality; continuing to happen or develop in the same way."
So why is being consistent so hard?
1. Progress takes a lot longer than you think it does. Understanding that and accepting that will be very helpful and allow you to have realistic expectations. Know that fitness is a journey not something with a deadline. When you realize this, the journey will be a lot easier and enjoyable.
2. Comparing your progress to others can be the biggest reason for you to be demotivated. Know that some things you see on social media are deceptive. Know that some people have only recently become well known or "insta-famous" but have been working on their fitness for years. Know that you don't know anyone's story and the struggles they might be facing. People don't always share everything, you only see what they want you to see. Focus on yourself and your own progress. This will keep you motivated to stay consistent.
3. Don't wait for the perfect situation to continue to work towards your goal. It will never come. Being consistent doesn't mean it's going to be smooth sailing and no challenges as you work on yourself to reach your goal. The road to success is a bumpy one with ups and downs. What's important is you understand this and keep pushing through the tough days. Completely stopping will only derail you and stop your progress, causing your goal to drift further away. Stay consistent even on the tough days. Being consistent is more important than having a perfect situation every single day, because that's not going to happen.
4. Not tracking your progress. When you don't track your progress, you might be having a bad day or week and all your negative thoughts will make you think that your progress has stopped. People who feel this way will usually give up or decide they need to change their plan because it is not working. But if you check back on your work, you will realize that there is progress being made you just might have not realized. Progress isn't only huge PRs or dropping 5kg. Progress can be being able to do 5 unbroken clean and jerks at a weight you usually do singles with. Progress can be realizing you have been eating healthy for a whole week with no cheats when usually you don't last 3 or 4 days.
The most important point of being consistent is pushing past the struggles and sticking to your program. You need to motivate yourself to stay consistent for as long as you can, until eventually your new routine becomes your regular routine. You will continue to develop and get closer to your goal every day, even if you can't see it YET.
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