I’m often asked what my number one tip is for achieving a goal and whether this goal is getting a promotion at work, losing weight or living a more balanced life my answer is always the same – CONSISTENCY. It’s not a sexy concept and might even sound a little dull, but it really does make the difference in achieving almost any longer term goal. Providing your plan is right and sustainable, consistency will always get you to your goals.
This is summed up perfectly by Gretchen in The Happiness Project.
I have an accountability partner, initially this was just for health and fitness but in reality we became close friends quickly and now reaches to all areas of our lives. We talk about this a lot and the benefit it brings. We encourage each other to stay consistent when times are hard. When we’re home from work late, or out with friends or stressed and craving junk we might gently suggest a better alternative than a full blow out or doing a short workout rather than skipping yet another session that week. Remember ‘what you do everyday matters more than what you do once in a while’. If weight loss or maintenance is the goal one blow out meal won’t ruin your achievements but if it starts to be several times a week or every day then it probably will. Consistency is the key. Consistency is king!
The challenge is that consistency can be hard. There will always be an excuse not to stick to your plan. Your friend orders dessert, your partner wants to get takeout pizza, you’re on the road and don’t have any snacks. I get it. BUT (and this is the tough love part) sometimes you just have to decide that your goals are more important. If you really want to join in, order a coffee and have one bite of your friends dessert, have one slice of pizza with lots of salad, buy the best snack you can find (hint most shops sell nuts). Do I do this 100% of the time? No, but in order to achieve my health and fitness goals I do it 90%+ of the time.
With any goal, ultimately you have to do it for you, but it can be helpful to have an accountability partner. Smart phones make it super easy to send quick photos or updates or an SOS message when times are tough.
Maybe it’s time to find another friend, with similar goals, to be your accountability partner. Or if you’re struggling to find one let me know by leaving a comment below as someone else might be in the same boat. Just remember consistency, consistency, consistency!