“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
One of the biggest and most common problems with improving your life or the success you want out of it is that you may not take consistent action over a longer time period.
Now, consistency isn't the sexiest or most exciting word.
But it is, coupled with time, what will give you real results in your life.
Sticking with the program and doing something consistently – and not just when you feel inspired or something like that – is very, very powerful.
This is something I have struggled with a lot in the past. And on some days I still do.
But over the years I have found a few things that really help me with this.
1. When you're taking action, focus only on the process.
I use this one, for example, when I do my workouts and when I write. I don’t take responsibility for the results in my mind.
I take responsibility for showing up and doing my workout/the writing. That's it.
The results come anyway from that consistent action. And this makes it easier for me to take this action because:
- I know that is all I need to focus on. And so my energy and attention is only focused in one direction and I do a better job.
- I feel a lot less pressure on myself. And so I'm more relaxed and prone to continue compared to if I stare myself blind on the potential results that never come as quickly as I may want and if I'm on an emotional roller coaster from day to day.
2. Remember why you are taking action.
Find your top priorities and reasons for why you are doing what you are doing.
It could be to provide for your family, to save up for traveling, to get the job you really want or to improve your self-confidence. Or something else.
To not lose track of why you are taking action and to stay focused:
- Write down your most important reasons. Take a few minutes, sit down with paper and a pen and write down the top 1-3 reasons for why you take action and want to keep doing that in your life right now.
- Put that note where you can see it every day. Like for example in your workspace or near your bed so that you see it every morning when you wake up.
3. Reminder: you don’t want to hurt yourself.
When you disappoint yourself and don’t think and do as you really deep down want to you hurt yourself by lowering your self-esteem.
Whatever you do during your day sends signals back to yourself about what kind of person you are….