I recently asked my clients to tell me the single most important word to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
The answer I was looking for was Consistency!
Some of the other words emailed back to me were perseverance, commitment and motivation.
1) Perseverance ran a close 2nd to consistency. It takes perseverance to push through those tough times, I think perseverance is an awesome trait to have to reach your goals.
2) Commitment is the most important trait if it is used correctly. Unfortunately it generally isn’t. I have been told many times by people that they are committed to reaching a certain goal. Some time after these words were spoken, that “commitment” must have disappeared because they aren’t doing the things I asked them to any more.
3) Motivation is a feeling and it can fade away as quickly as any other feeling. Motivation will not get you to your goals, it will however get you started on the road to your goals.
4) Consistency is a culmination of actions that cannot be lied about nor interpreted. It is just the raw fact, were you consistent or were you not!
Do any of these things sound familiar to you?
* When I was running everyday last year, the weight just fell off me. (Why are you so overweight now?)
* I remember how strong I was getting last year when I was doing those 2 weights sessions a week, I could do 50 dips without stopping, now I struggle to do 15.
* I used to be a size 8 years ago, now I can’t even fit into my size 12 clothes.
* I used to feel so good all morning when I was having those fruit and veggie juices for breakfast at my old job. I feel so sluggish after I eat that raisin toast from the cafe downstairs now.
* I was so skinny when I worked at my old job, I used to walk in everyday, now I just feel like a blob.
Why do any of these things have to change?
If people were consistent with their good habits, they would reach and maintain the health and fitness they desire.
I have seen people go through 12 week challenges and have great results. But what happened after the challenge or even towards the end of it, even though you had seen great results? You stopped being as consistent with your training and you started to slow your progress and eventually you went backwards.
Think about the results you have achieved in the past by being consistent with your training or eating, no matter how short of a time it was. I have seen people eat well for just one week and they tell me how great they felt. Unfortunately the next week things come up with work, or life or whatever and they ate badly again. I have seen people have a real hardcore exercise week, going to classes or running everyday and they tell me how awesome it feels. Unfortunately the next week things come up again and they only get to exercise twice. The funny thing is that they are always so quick to tell me how good they were last week!
Can you imagine the results you would achieve if you consistently had those good weeks. Can you imagine that after you finished your 12 week challenge and you have lost your 6kg, if you stuck with the same intensity of training, that it would not take that much longer to reach your end goals? Unfortunately, you didn’t and now you have gained weight and it is a struggle to get back into that routine and be consistent again.
Consistency is the key, don’t have good days and bad days, only have consistently good days and you will get there eventually.
Consistency is the key, don’t have good weeks and bad weeks, only have consistently good weeks and you will get there eventually.
To sum up;
Commitment is a word that is used far too often and it can be lied about.
Motivation is a feeling and it will fade.
Consistency is a culmination of actions that cannot be lied about nor interpreted. It is just the raw fact, were you consistent or were you not!
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