Discipline is nothing more but the habit of consistency – finding the motivation to do something again and again, until you do it on autopilot and start seeing results.
And as everything else, it’s simple.
Why do we still fail then?
Let’s say you want to become a writer.
And, of course, you know you need to write. A lot. Every day.
But that’s a big change compared to your current daily routine, as it means developing a new habit and being consistent in it.
You decide to start writing for an hour each day.
You do it once, and find it harder than you expected. The next few days aren’t easier, too. Not to mention that the quality of your writing isn’t satisfying.
That’s because you make a few big mistakes:
– unrealistic expectations – you expect yourself to write a lot every day, to create great content and to do it without any hesitation;
– you start big – but a habit is developed by taking small steps;
– you focus on the result – in the beginning the most important thing is to form the habit itself, and then work on improving the final result.
And here are a few simple ways to become consistent without so much effort and disappointment:
5 Steps to Building The Habit of Consistency
Concentrate on just starting each day. Nothing else matters. That’s the only way to move forward. It’s not always easy, but it’s also not that hard, as you need to do just one simple thing each day.
2. Do a little.
Write for 10 minutes each day, or have another milestone – a page, few paragraphs, 300 words, etc. Easy as a piece of cake.
Soon you’ll have the habit of writing every day. From then on, you can make that time longer, and the number of words bigger.
It’s the beautiful process of working on your goals and passion, creating, improving yourself, starting a habit and fighting your demons. Try to experience it and make it fun (by writing about something you enjoy, for example).
Be sure you’ll succeed, have faith in your abilities and in what you do. You don’t need anyone else to support you or to even know that. Your dream will come true once you acquire the art of being consistent.
5. Make it goal number one.
Start the day with a positive attitude and know that it takes you a step closer to mastering the skill you want to be good at.
The real benefits of consistency can be felt over an extended period of practice. So you’ll need to be patient.
But as long as you’re enjoying the process, keeping it simple and doing something small each day, nothing can stop you.
What’s your experience with consistency? Do you still fail to build new habits? Why do you think that happens?
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