There is one thing many successful people have in common: consistency. No matter what it is we want in our life, we can only achieve them if we put in the consistent action. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done because humans as we are, we need to have that motivation to continue. Host Christy Whitman shares the ways you can keep yourself motivated to take consistent action towards reaching your goals.
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We’re talking about success habits. I want to talk about one thing that’s key to creating the success that we want. It doesn’t matter what aspect of our lives, we have to be consistent. Whether you want to lose weight, work-out at a gym, change your mindset or create whatever success you want, it all starts with our thoughts. It leads to our feelings, our feelings lead to our actions, and our actions lead to results. Any action we take has to be consistent.
I remember many times in my life I’m like, “I’m going to lose the weight, I’m going to eat right,” and everything like that. I then go out, I work out hard and I’m sore for that first week. I’m proud of myself and was moving on. About 3 or 4 weeks later, “I don’t want to go today. I won’t go tomorrow. It’s my birthday, I could eat that cake. I’ll make up for it.” You then slowly fall off that train. The consistency goes away though. How do you keep yourself motivated to stay consistent in success?
We’re going to talk about consistency, but how do you keep yourself motivated? First and foremost, you want to create a vision for what you want to create. Whether it’s your career, finances or relationships, you want to have something that you can ground to. What is it that you’re moving towards in your future?
Have a vision of it. In other words, an end goal, yet we know it’s never an end goal, but at least a point that I’m going to get to, “I want to weigh 50 pounds less. This is what my body wants to look like.” Have that vision to keep you going and motivated.
You want to have a goal. You want to have the image in your head. Even if you can have some visual of yourself at that certain weight or looking that way, or if it represents a car that you want to get, or a career that you have. Something that you visually have because our minds create what we constantly look at and visualize. Having that number one clear goal, having that visual and then having action steps towards that goal each and everyday is what is going to consistently help you to move towards it. The biggest thing is you have to figure out what’s your ‘why.’ We could say, “I want this. I want that.” You were saying that money hasn’t been a huge motivator for you in your life in the past. It doesn’t have a big ‘why’ for you. For some people, it’s making a lot of money and creating a lot of wealth. You’ve had a great life. You’ve got a lot of fun. Money has never been a worrier issue for you, but it hasn’t been a motivation either.
I’m not trying to become the next Donald Trump.
You want to create a goal and then you want to have a ‘why.’ What is your burning ‘why?’ In Think and Grow Rich, they talked about having that burning desire. For you to be able to have that consistent motivation and take that consistent action, there has to be a big ‘why.’ In anything you create or anything you’re wanting to achieve as a goal, you have to understand what is the ‘why’ behind it. I’ll give you an instance. When I first became a coach, an author and a speaker, my big ‘why’ or my big vision was that millions of people would learn to change their words, would learn about universal laws like the Law of Attraction, would learn about how to stay consistent like things that we’re talking about on this show.
The ‘why’ for me was I had a sister who committed suicide and she was always unhappy. She never found peace in her life. I was going down the same track as her. I was unhappy. I was doing things and behaviors that were not supportive of my life and where I wanted to go. For me, that became a huge motivation and a huge ‘why.’ I didn’t want to end up like her. I also wanted to be able to help as many people as I could not end up like her. I know there are a lot of people that are unhappy. There are a lot of people that don’t have a sense of connection and a sense of peace within them. That why keeps me going every single day. It’s a big ‘why’ and that keeps me inspired and motivated. It keeps me moving towards taking all the actions that I do. You have to ask yourself, what do you want in your life? What do you want? Why do you want it?
It’s tough in this world of instant gratification. No matter what, you’re talking about consistency. It happens in little increments. Sometimes it happens slowly that we don’t even realize it’s happening. A few months ago, I weighed 15 pounds more than I do. I was concentrating on how I’ve been eating and being consistent every day. It didn’t seem like it was going fast enough. It would be days where I’d stay in the same weight but through consistency, I’ve been slowly coming down. Looking back, it’s amazing, 15 pounds in a month.
What they say is that when you get to the end goal or when you reach that goal, it doesn’t matter how long it takes as long as you hit that goal.
I don’t remember the months of suffering or whatever I went through to get this, but I realized that I’m enjoying it.
You’ve got the goal and you’re being consistent. That’s the key.
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