Our team see a lot of people who just can’t seem to stick with one goal or focus for longer than a few weeks. One week it’s bodybuilding, the next week they want to compete in Crossfit competitions, and the following week they want to nail that 5k down to 20 minutes but also have a nice social life and a Krispy Kreme loyalty card. Come week 4, they have accomplished zero of their goals and are still where they were in week 1. In one way or another, we are all guilty of it. We have all been there.
HOWEVER, if you want to achieve your goals, consistency should be a top priority. It means showing up and keeping the goal in focus. It means repeating the same patterns of behaviour, with possible minor adjustments working toward that end goal. Consistency does not mean skipping out on your workout or switching up your goals every week.
It takes focus and practice to succeed, change your habits, and accomplish your goals. Knowing where to start and what to expect can flip the switch to kick-start your journey toward success.
How can you maintain consistency?
Pick a goal. Work on the same goal for a minimum of 6 months. Yes, this can be hard. Stick with it. Focus on it. Commit to it.
Schedule it. If it is planned out at a specific time, chances are much higher that you will follow through. Make a rule not to skip out. Stick to a schedule that works for you.
Accept that you will lose other things. You might atrophy, get fatter, get slower, get weaker, lose a skill that you once had, or have to stop eating your favourite foods for a while. By doing so, you will likely be a hell of a lot closer to achieving your goal (if you haven’t already). The payoff and feelings of success is most often worth the sacrifice.
Once you have accomplished where you want to be, then you can start slowly bringing back into your life those things you love and miss.
For instance, if you want to be an operator, accept that you first have to pass the selection test. Again, consistency will be crucial. You are going to have to get lighter, lose some muscle and fat, and become a pro at push-ups, pull-ups, and running. You will need to focus on injury prevention, mobility, and fixing any niggles in the knees, feet, hips, and spine. Ditch the bodybuilding and irrelevant activities for a while. Focus on doing what you need to do to achieve your CURRENT goal. Be consistent. Then bring it all back into a nice combo of a bulky, shreddy killer with a sweet Fran time.
Quit being flimsy. Get serious about your goals and be consistent for as long as it will take!