If you’re like me, you’ve struggle with consistency in one area or another. And if you’re reallllllly like me, you’ve struggled to keep consistent with playing the guitar! Arrghhhh!
Every once in a while I’d practice for an hour or so, but then not touch it again for several months! Obviously, I didn’t become a better guitar player until I eventually became more consistent with my practice.
Developing consistency is something that’s vital for our all-around personal development. In the area of exercise consistency, my personal belief has always been quantity over quality. That is
I’m more impressed with the beginner who goes to the gym 4-5 times a week and exercises for 15 minutes, than someone who goes to the gym once a week for an intense 2-hour workout
In my experience I’ve found that success comes from taking small, consistent steps. The awesome part is that taking small, consistent steps can be applied to practically anything:
- Instead of trying to exercise 5 times a week for 1 hour, trying starting out with 3 times a week for 20 minutes.
- Maybe commit to reading one chapter a day instead of trying to finish an entire book in one sitting.
- Rather than setting out to meditate for 20 minutes each day, try three minutes instead
Consistency leads to habits, while habits lead to long-term success. They say it takes 21 days to build a new habit, so determine to develop that 3-week foundation and you’ll be exercising regularly in no time!
- Your consistency is paramount to your success
- For developing consistency, quantity of effort means more than quality
- Trying to do “too much, too soon” can hinder your progress (start off small!)
- Consistency will lead to your long-term success