Consistency is the Key to Achieving Big Dreams

How a Consistent Routine Has the Power to SkyRocket Your Life

It’s a new year and with that comes new visions and hopes for what the next 12 months will hold. There is a lot of talk about goal-setting and evaluating your progress. Whether or not you are a proponent of this type of resolution thinking, one thing is true for us all…

We must stay consistent in our steps in order to achieve anything. 

2023 might be a big year for you. Filled with new relationships, starting that business, or expanding your family. Significant changes change who you are and how you walk through the world. On the other hand, 2023 might be a more consistent year for you; holding steady for your family, or continuing the grind to produce bigger aspirations for your future self.  Whichever category you fall into this year the key is to stay consistent. 

One Step At A Time

We all talk about big changes and what we will do once we achieve them. But we forget that big changes come from small steps made consistently. Learning how to stay consistent is the discipline that will bring you the success you seek. And consistency is all about finding a routine that works for you. 

Consistency helps us focus on the step in front of us rather than the impossible whole that leaves us feeling defeated. Daily focus on your goals is the commitment that helps you achieve them faster. 

Easier said than done. 

Staying consistent isn’t always easy because starting a new routine isn’t always easy. Some people struggle with routine, so it is vital to create a schedule that you can be consistent with. 

Motivation Is Optional

A consistent routine allows us to show up even when we aren’t motivated by the work ahead. Training yourself to be consistent instills self-discipline that keeps you focused on what needs to be done even when you can’t see the forest through the trees. 

Motivation isn’t always going to be there no matter what you are working on.

  • A relationship
  • Business
  • Novel
  • Education
  • Family obligations

You must learn to show up and give your all even when motivation isn’t coming, and consistency is how you do that. Don’t give up on yourself. Too many people do this because they lose motivation. 

The average new year resolution lasts 32 days!

That’s one month people. I spend more time planning a vacation than that. So how come people give up so early on achieving big dreams?

The problem with resolutions is that people are looking for a quick fix most of the time. 

  • Lose weight
  • Safe money
  • Start a family
  • Leave my job

Saying things like these listed above are only statements until a consistent routine of how to make them happen is established. 

I heard James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, in an interview. The question he said he is asked all the time is… How long does it take for a habit to form? His response was a hard pill to swallow. He said… If you want to have atomic habits the amount of time it takes to become consistent doesn’t matter. What matters is the commitment to showing up every day for the rest of your life. 

If you aren’t seeing progress after 30 days that is normal. Sometimes it takes months before any progress is noticeable. This is why you cannot rely on motivation to see you through. Consistency is the key to any healthy routine. 

In 32 days you may learn how to speak a couple words in a new language, but without the consistent effort to practice and learn more about the new language you will stay stuck there and end up walking away because it is too hard. 

Follow The Plan

Consistency is good for your mental wellness too. Routine is good for us. Our brains love knowing what is supposed to happen and what is expected of us. 

When we know what is expected of us and what steps we need to take in any situation we are less stressed and able to show up more confidently in our experience. 

A plan to follow is key, and you get to create that plan by looking at your life and schedule and prioritizing the things, people, and activities that help you build a consistent routine. 

The hardest part of any routine is showing up consistently. The second hardest part is taking the time to look at your life and prioritizing your needs. Sometimes taking a hard look at what’s happening in our lives and the things we’ve been avoiding makes us walk away from our lofty goals and dreams. 

  • It’s hard to imagine how we’re going to lose weight when our family time is built around meals.
  • It’s challenging to find time to practice for that marathon when we work full-time and are running around with the kids’ activities at night
  • It’s frightening to think about finding romance when you have no idea how to begin looking.

Your Routine

You have a routine that is full of to-dos. Some of them are healthy and some are not. Taking a look at your daily life will help you identify these areas, then it will be up to you to figure out how to deal with them in a healthy way. 

This too can be challenging and make us want to give up. But if you do put in the work and prioritize that which is important to you then you will have more energy throughout your day. 

Your routine will become automatic. A new habit will be formed and you will show up for it consistently even when the going gets tough. 

Once you feel like your new routine is working on auto-pilot you can begin to reflect on how it’s going and where you could use improvements and changes to help keep it fresh and consistent. 

Celebrate!

A good way to do this is by celebrating small successes along the way. For instance, celebrate a new habit! Celebrate that consistency with which you are showing up. Doing so will remind you to not throw in the towel after one or two days of set back. 

Celebrating your successes is good for your mental well-being and for your self-esteem. Personal growth comes from these consistent habits turned into routine. The consistency that is leading you closer to the path of your dream life. 

Celebrating reminds us that we are capable of achieving big things and gives us the confidence to go after more of what we desire. 

Ask yourself some questions to get started with a new consistent routine.

  • Where in my life do I already have a healthy consistent routine?
  • What are the things about this routine that help keep me consistent with it?
  • How can I focus more of my attention on achieving my goals?
  • When am I the most consistent with my time? Morning, afternoon, evening?
  • Who in my life can I talk to about helping me be more consistent with my goals?

Figure out where in your life you need discipline. Recognize that you are ready to create room for this goa. Realize that it will take work and be ready for those uncomfortable moments when you are eager to walk away. 

There are a ton of tools out there designed to help you stay on task and be consistent. I find that everyone I talk to has their own methods that work. Finding your method is essential in the consistency game. 

As the new year lies before you with so much potential for growth, I hope you say yes to yourself, and decide to put in the work. You are worthy of greatness. Greatness is within you and all around you. Find something that keeps you consistent on your path and allow this year to unfold one day at a time. Before you know it you will be a living example of your routine and all the more closer to achieving big dreams. 

Need help getting started? Check out my 4-week self-guided online course, Breath Mindset.