Once you have a clear picture of what success will look like for you, what is the next step? Most of the time, people will have a desire to achieve a goal, but for whatever reason they lose motivation along the way. I have seen this happen to friends, family members, and myself.
One of the best examples of how to make everyone enjoy a new goal, is to quickly deviate from the path of exercise. Now, not everyone will consider exercise or achieving a good physical condition as a success, but it serves as a good example of how easy it can be to fail to get a goal.
When I was growing up, my family had a gym. Like clockwork, every January I saw the migration of new members. They will all be encouraged and delighted, thinking that this will be a year of scoring their decent goals. As usual there was a decline in gym attendance in February. Then, in March, what was left was the normal routine of going to the gym for years. This pattern continued year after year.
Now what does this mean? Are some of us destined to fail at certain goals? No, I do not believe so. We can all achieve any worthwhile goal we have set for ourselves. The reason I and many others have gotten into trouble is related to the lack of one simple word… consensus.
“Success does not always come easily. It’s about consensus. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness is coming. ”- Dwayne Johnson
How to Cultivate Consistency
When you talk about using consistency to help you achieve a goal, I’m talking about consistent repetition of certain behaviors. Many of the challenges we face when embarking on a journey toward goal are related to how far reaching can be achieved.
This becomes a very bad goal. Let’s use the exercise situation above as an example. If you want to lose weight, your ideal body image may seem so far removed that you lose motivation to keep working.
With too much focus on the outcome, in this case weight loss, it is easy to become frustrated. This is where consistency is most important. If you want to achieve a great goal, you have to use consistent action every day.
Consistency allows you to turn your attention away from the goal and focus on the process that will get you there. And, consistently, you put yourself in a better position to succeed. Now the question is, How do we cultivate consistency? Because we know that consistent action makes the results not easy. The answer lies in habits. Habits are actions that we perform over and over again. This is the essence of consensus.
When you are working toward a goal, the best thing you can do for yourself is to create habits. That way, you’ll take a huge amount of guessing from the equation. Instead of asking yourself what you need to do, you can simply rely on your own habits. To show you how powerful habits can be, I want to highlight five of the greatest benefits you can expect from applying habits in your journey towards a goal.
Five Benefits of Practice
Depending on your goal, the habits you develop will vary. However, the benefits will always be there no matter what your goal is and no matter what practice you use. Now obviously, I’m talking about good manners here. These benefits will be evident when you create confident repetitive actions that will put you in a better position to achieve your goal.
Benefit # 1: Improves Concentration
With habits comes an incredible focus. Asking how to achieve a goal is one of the most frustrating things we can do. Going back and forth in all the ways that you think will get you there and wondering which ones to take only to prevent you from getting closer to the goal. By setting habits, you make a conscious effort every day. You have set tasks that you do, so you can focus on doing your best. Instead of asking what you need to do to achieve your goal.
Benefit # 2: Creates priorities
Sacrifice is a common practice when working on purpose. You need to be willing to put some goals ahead of others if you want to succeed. How to set priorities and stick to them often becomes a problem. Habits are the answer to this problem. When you make a habit of setting your own priorities, you set priorities. You have decided on activities that will be done on a daily basis to drive you toward your goal.
Benefit # 3: Build Confidence
This is in line with the previous gain in focus. You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. Action is always better than doing nothing, and consistent action produces results. Therefore, through practice, you build trust within yourself. This trust manifests itself in two ways. First, you need to trust the process you have set. Therefore, it helps to avoid excessive thinking and second guesses. Second, you start to feel more confident. You hope you can develop habits that will help you achieve your goals.
“I have also found that consistency has been a major barrier to achieving my goal in a timely manner – if I had not been more consistent, it would have taken a longer time for me to get that mark on the job list. ”- Eric Thomas
Benefit # 4: Reduce Anxiety
One of the biggest problems I get when I work for a purpose is anxiety. I worry about how I will achieve the goal, how long it will take, and what will happen if I fail? After studying the last three benefits, it should be clear why habits reduce this type of anxiety. First of all, the focused focus practices allow you to pay attention to everything you do.
Second, knowing your priorities helps you to relax and to realize that you are doing your best to achieve the goal. Third, relying on you and your priorities means that you can stop worrying about your goal. You hope you have a solid plan in place that will put you in a better position to succeed.
Benefit # 5: Increasing Your Situations of Success
This is in line with what I have said before regarding the consistency that leads to success. If you wish to achieve a goal or to find any other way to success, the same effort should be made. You must continue to work every day until your goal is achieved. Habits make this process automatic. Once a habit is built, you don’t really think about doing it. This action has become a natural part of your life. This means that you will always work your way to achieving your goals on a daily basis.
Once you’ve defined your success, now is the time to put together a plan to get there. Knowing that consistent effort is needed to achieve any goal, the question then becomes how to cultivate such consistency.
Habits are the best way to make sure you put in the work every day. Find out what you need to do to achieve your goals, and practice the skills that will help you get there. With such consensus, the chances of success are greatly increased.
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