Many people struggle with staying consistent, whether that is in sports, studies, in relationships, exercise, workouts, even keeping their success drive alive. And yet consistency is a critical ingredient for success in everything. It’s hard to be successful if you’re consistently inconsistent.
Three steps to figuring out the path to consistently good results and to hopefully make consistency a habit are to identify the end result you are trying to achieve, determine the optimal steps needed to achieve that end result, and to determine what works (or has worked for you before) as well as what’s missing that’s preventing you from leveraging what works.
Read on and discover how you can implement these three steps to achieve consistent results whatever your goals maybe – losing weight, getting consistent results with your studies, getting consistent with your golf swing, improving consistency at work or in your relationships, sustaining focus and enthusiasm… you name it!
But before we look at these three steps, here’s why it’s important to achieve consistency…
Consistency is important for success because when you’re consistent at something this gives you a sense of mastery. And when you have a sense of mastery, whether your mastery it’s real or even imagined, this boosts your self- confidence and your self-belief. This is a sure recipe against self-doubt and self-limiting beliefs.
Mike Mentzer said,
“Man’s proper stature is not one of mediocrity, failure, frustration or defeat, but one of achievement, strength and nobility. Man can and ought to be a hero.”
This is why we try and try and try again as children to master how to walk and talk. We never give up until we have achieved mastery on these “simple” tasks.
Any time you’re getting inconsistent results at anything, this creates a conflict in your mind. That’s how we are all wired. You’re like, “why I am I so inconsistent (at work, in life, in my relationships,at everything)? Even something seemingly trivial such as getting consistent at a computer game could become quite annoying.
And this leads to stress and self-doubt!
The first step to developing consistency is to identify the end result you are trying to achieve. This may be something as simple as the way you make or prepare something, or something less specific, such as “interpersonal skills.” In any case, begin with the end in mind – only when you know where you want to go do you have a good chance of arriving at your destination. In other words, you’re identifying the why of the process.
The second step in getting or giving consistent results is to determine the optimal steps needed to achieve that end result. If you take the example of a recipe for baking a cake, the steps boil down to what ingredients to use, the amounts of those ingredients, and the method to follow. In other words, the steps are what ingredients we use, and how we use them. If you’re baking a cake, you’re going to get a different result if the oven is hotter than it was the last time you cooked that type of cake. If you change the steps involved, the result changes.
The third step to getting consistent results repeatedly is to analyze your situation and your processes to determine what is working (or has worked for you before) as well as what’s missing that’s preventing you from leveraging what worked.What were the specific conditions, inputs, changes, tweaks, etc. do you reckon were/are responsible for your success when you achieved good or exceptional results? And what was missing those times when your performance, results, outcomes were less than desired – or inconsistent?
When you know what works and you’re able to supply what’s missing in the equation to achieve a good result, then you’ll be able to run like a well-oiled machine!
Finally, you should always evaluate the end result as you go and critique your progress. This should be a guilt-free, non-condemning critique. Evaluate the end result, and decide how it could have been done better. You’re deciding what happened during the process.
The next thing after your critique is to test and adapt. It’s pretty-near impossible to perfect a process the first time around – even if everything goes right, you need to test a bit in order to decide if it’s the best result you can get. This is where you evaluate the parts of the process in order to find better ways of doing things. Figure out the problem areas in the process, and fix the weak spots so they improve the whole.
You will find that as you improve, and hopefully perfect the process, that your results become reliably exceptional every time.
So, as you can see, getting (or giving) consistent results in any area of your life comes with challenges, but it’s something you can achieve in three easy steps. You want to be clear in your mind what it is you want to achieve, then to improve, you need to determine the optimal steps needed to achieve that end result, and to determine what works (or has worked for you before) as well as what’s missing that’s preventing you from leveraging what works.
Use these three steps to get to the bottom of what’s preventing you from staying consistent – and improve your chances of staying on track to achieve the success you deserve.