"Consistency Is Key"
This is something we hear ALL the time - but I wanted to delve into exactly HOW you can try to be consistent at anything. Training, nutrition, work, and anything you may want to achieve in your life!
Surround Yourself With Like-Minded Individuals
Seriously, that's probably my top tip. They say the latent part of your personality is reflective of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Find yourself some good people & help each other move forward.
A positive environment can help you make choices that reflect your true values and beliefs since you feel comfortable and happy. When you put yourself into an environment where you feel unease you may be inclined to make different decisions.
The Pareto Principle (80/20)
Essentially states that roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. So focus on that 20% that makes the biggest impact. For the sake of argument, let's look at weight (fat) loss. Here are all the things you could focus on since they all have an effect:
But if you look at the picture below you'll see that if you were only to focus on 20% (one of the 5 factors) it would be calorie balance as this will get you the most results (80%).
See How To Lose Weight Part 1 - for more on energy expenditure.
Small But Actionable Goals
Break the big picture down. Sometimes the goal can seem far away and be quite daunting - so break it down into actionable steps you can take every day. Call these 5-minute practices.
For example, if you're wanting to eat more healthily - write down a healthy shopping list before you go shopping. This way you're not as tempted to impulse buy as you have a list to work with. This also creates a more positive environment.
See the picture below for how to implement this:
Hold Yourself Accountable
Somehow, with a friend, colleague, coach or even on here. Have it on your whiteboard or phone at home. It doesn't really matter how, but somehow, at the end of each week check-in with yourself and see how you did. If it went well - great! Try to keep it up for another week. If it didn't go so well reflect & identify why and how you could make it better next time using small but actionable goals.
Know Your Why
All of this, of course, is harder to do when you don't have a specific goal in mind. I'd argue the more specific the better - since it means you can break down and analyse all the above. When we work with clients in the gym or online we love to ask them about their goals and how we can help achieve them.
There are plenty of reasons everyone should have goals but ultimately it all comes down to what's important for you.
And that's all I have for you this week guys. I'd highly recommend, if you aren't already, trying to implement some of these 5 steps into some of the goals in your life.
Take care everyone and smash your goals this week!