One of the reasons why many people have failed at a plan or find it difficult to continue a habit they started is always due to the fact that they have no "compelling reason". Nothing strong enough to overcome their thoughts of weakness. Your compelling reason is also referred to as your "why". Your "why" is what will get you on the go even at times when you feel tired to move a step.
For you to win at anything, you will need to be skilled at whatever it is you are doing. That skill is simply borne out of consistency. In other words;
Winning = great skill (acquired /learnt) + consistency
For instance, I always preach about whole foods, their health benefits and their healing prowess. But you eating whole plant foods once a week or twice a month will still leave you exposed to many lifestyle diseases and terminal illnesses, even in times when you are supposed to be living your best healthy life regardless of your age. Healthy eating has no date or day off. It is an everyday practice.
So, we see here that there is a big need for consistency. I know that creating and staying true to a new habit can be challenging sometimes. It often would mean that one will stop or discontinue one to begin a new one.
We know that it takes time to build a habit, at least 90 days. Hence, we need to learn a few tips to stay on the top of our game all through those days till we become masters at the new acts. This will help you to continue to repeat positive similar behaviours till it becomes one with you.
I have curated and carefully outlined a few things to do in order to stay consistent. It may be one or two of them that you are yet to practice or even all of them, but you need to be true to the process. And these are things practical actions you could apply to every other area of your life. Your work, school, trade, and so on.
A few tips to stay consistent.
1. Focus on one step at a time.
starting a new lifestyle or habit can be a bit difficult because you are in most cases probably going against the regular. So what you should do is make a goal, and focus on that till you have mastered it. Afterwards, you can move on to the next.
Do not try to do many things at the same time. You just might end up not being successful at any. The word focus also could be an acronym for F- follow O- one C-course U-until S- success.
It could mean choosing to eat one fruit with every meal, or drinking at least 2 litres of water daily, or even walking for 20 minutes daily. Anything you choose to start with, continue in it and be sure it has become a part of you before you add another.
2. Celebrate yourself for every improvement.
Identify the little wins and be proud of yourself. Congratulate yourself and show yourself some love. You deserve it too. Don't wait till you have accomplished all goal before you congratulate yourself. Remember, "little drops make an ocean".
So, if you have been successfully able to cut out eggs or dairy from your meals, you should've proud of yourself for the benefits you're giving your body, while you look forward to correcting many other diet wrongs.
3. You need to be courageous.
Perhaps you are the only one in your home, office, group of friends who have chosen to be intentional with their health, and everyone else is seeing you as being a snitch or even a loser (since the only things you will lose are the lifestyle diseases and illnesses). They may feel so because you no longer join in what they still do. Now you know better.
Let me encourage you today to stay put and be courageous with whatever healthy choice you have made. Do not frail, because they too will see the benefits as it comes. Only when you stay consistent also.
Likewise, your emotion maybe your own obstacle sometimes. You need to overcome it. Let your heart and will win not your emotion.
4. Have a support system.
Surround yourself with people who are on the same journey as you. It is easy to get good vibes and motivations this way. Look out for people who care about their health as you do, and make friends with them. build that circle and let encouragements flow in always. I will also encourage you to join similar groups.
5. Forgive your Errors.
Over the years I have seen people relent on keeping up with their new habits because it appeared to them as if they failed at some point. But I tell you; pick yourself back up from wherever you have fallen.
Did you skip a meal? Did you overeat? Did you break a long streak you have been holding? Did you miss your workout? All you need to do is just get back in from where you fell out and keep moving forward. Don't beat yourself hard. Just get back on track. That is the only solution. Not doing anything does not get anything done, regardless.
With these five practicable tips, you should be doing better at starting a habit and staying true to it.