I subscribe to Daily Goods newsletter for inspiring and uplifting articles and stories to counterbalance the fear mongering in most of the mass media and today’s article “The Benefits of Consistency” inspired me to write about how consistency trumps almost everything else when it comes to creating and sustaining healthy lifestyle choices.
Take, for example, exercise. Most of us know the incredible benefits of regularly moving our bodies; weight loss, good sleep, strong bones, good mood, less disease, etc., but have a tough time bridging the gap between seeing it as a chore to making it part of your lifestyle. If you can suspend the goal setting part of it (lose weight for example) and just go out and do it (something you like, of course) on a consistent, regular basis, you’ll achieve your goal without even thinking about it because you’ve created a system that supports it! And then when you need a change, the consistency (it’s become repeatable) allows you to easily choose another form of exercise, whereas, if you had set a goal your mindset was probably motivation (which can be tough to maintain) rather than the process it would take to make exercise a lifelong habit ( Click this link for some good tips to fitting a workout into your daily routine).
You can apply this thought process to your food choices too. If you consistently eat well- whole foods most of the time- instead of setting a goal of cutting and counting calories you’ve shifted your focus from a tedious task that takes the fun out of the real joy in eating; i.e.; using new (or tried and true), healthy ingredients that engage all your senses and nourish your body the way it needs to be. Consistently put that philosophy in place and the rest takes care of itself!
So I’ll leave you with these very wise words from Tony Robbins, motivational guru, and whether you like him or not, his quote rings true: “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, it’s what we do consistently”.And this resonates with ALL areas of our lives so try and remember that in how you speak to and treat other people….but we’ll save that topic for another post.