Have you ever watched others succeed in life and wondered what it took for them to become successful? It could be an entertainer, an athlete, or even your parents.
What secret sauce enabled them to accomplish so much and go so far? Living life as a bystander and seeing others achieve great things is one thing, but it is an entirely different story regarding your own life.
You may have begun a new venture only to stop after getting started. You have the desire and passion for accomplishing a dream in your mind but lack the discipline to see it through.
If this resonates with you in the article, we will discuss how to be consistent in life. I aim to share some guidelines to help you achieve more in life.
Here is an outline of the guidelines to be discussed:
- Have a plan
- Manage your time
- Form routines
- Be accountable to someone
- Be patient with yourself
I am happy to have you here. Let’s get started!
Have a plan
When it comes to setting goals, I have always used goals as a starting point to develop a plan. This is the foundation for establishing a blueprint for life.
Often, we fail in life when we do not know what we want. That is why it is so important to have a plan. This gives you the direction to get to where you want to go.
So, what is your plan? Is it to get in better shape, have money for your future, start a new business, or develop new skills to advance your career? You can decide what is essential and what you want to focus on.
At the same time, while developing your plan, define why you want to do it. For example, if you want to exercise more to be healthier, it is a good idea to understand the big picture of “why” you want to achieve this particular goal.
Understanding the why behind your plans will help motivate you to take action.
Manage your time
Life can be chaotic sometimes, leaving you wondering how you will get everything done. This is so true in your work and personal life.
I have learned that even though you can not control everything around you, you can control how you react or respond. This is very important to your time as well.
Even when faced with many things to accomplish daily, learn to carve out time to work on your goals. It may start as 15 minutes here and there.
Taking time to work on those things important to you can add up over time. Prioritizing time for yourself is an excellent investment in personal development.
So, manage your time wisely, and remember to include time for yourself each day.
Routines can become habit-forming, especially when done regularly.
For example, making your bed, brushing your teeth, or getting ready for work can seem like second nature to you after a while. You may even do it without thinking about it.
This same principle applies to the plans you have established for yourself. Turn your goals or dreams into routines.
For example, if you want to increase your knowledge of a particular subject or skill, set aside time to read or research this subject daily. Make it routine to continue developing and learning until it becomes second nature.
This can also apply to many areas of your life. For those things you want to do well, make it a routine to work on it often. If you miss a day or get sidetracked, don’t let it deter you from continuing.
Stay the course and follow your routines no matter what.
Be accountable to someone
Each of us needs someone to be accountable to. At work, it may be your manager. You may choose your spouse or someone else to help you focus on accomplishing your goals at home or in your personal life.
Being accountable to someone is not about being controlled or punished. It is about having another person help you by reminding you of what you have set out to do.
We all can benefit from a positive reminder to work on a task, and when we don’t do it, having that person check in on us can motivate us to honor our commitments to ourselves.
Develop a network of support to help you be accountable to yourself for achieving your goals.
Be patient with yourself
There will be days when you may get frustrated and want to stop pursuing your goals or dreams.
When this happens, it is essential to be patient with yourself. Learn to forgive yourself when you have setbacks. Focus on improving yourself daily, not letting anything or anyone stop you.
Focusing on moving forward instead of dwelling on what you do not accomplish on a particular day is an excellent way to keep your eyes on the prize.
And remember, being consistent each day in pursuing your goals all adds up over time.
We become what we practice daily, a process that takes time. This is the secret to being consistent in life.
You can start implementing this process by having a plan, managing your time, forming routines to help you stay focused, being accountable to someone other than yourself, and being patient with yourself.
No matter your stage, it is never too late to start and do what you can to live a more consistent and successful life.
Please share your thoughts or ideas that you have used to be consistent in your life. Thanks for visiting!