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Understand Sustainability.
Activate Consistency.

When successfully applied, consistency allows the transition of an intention to become accomplished. It is a combined form of discipline, patience and accountability. Used to build powerful momentum.

On the surface, consistency is a relatively simple concept.

Performing realistic and manageable actions
in a controlled routine – for a sustained period.

Despite frequent attachment to advice from endless sources, it is a lot harder to be consistent, than it would seem.

Because often neglected within the message ‘to be more consistent’, is a tangible guidance to understanding the layers of producing the outcome.

In order to activate consistency, we have to understand sustainability.

What Is Sustainability?

Maintaining At A Certain Rate Or Level.

Sustainability is the structure and foundation of building habits. Providing a long-term vision and opportunity via a practical pathway.

Quite simply, sustainability is the process of making things easier to do and clearer to understand, so that we can continue. 

We often see and experience sporadic shifts in motivation and discipline.

Attention drifts. Enthusiasm fluctuates. And we are unable to maintain a constant level of focus, or to follow through with what we said.

Consequently it creates a confusing situation. Blaming a lack of consistency. Rather than identifying the underlying reasons which prevented it.

We do not fail to be consistent because of a lack of consistency.
But because we have not created a sustainable environment to be so.

How To Create Sustainability?

In order to create a sustainable environment there are practical and psychological aspects which need to be considered, personalised and aligned.

Inspiration

A consistent intention can only be maintained if we are inspired.

The context of inspiration varies depending on the circumstance. A passion, interest or worthwhile purpose.

An instinctive reaction which produces attachment, ideas and excitement. Unique, but powerful moments that capture our curiosity. A source for motivation and creative energy.

Once we have identified an inspirational catalyst with genuine meaning, the psychological foundation is set.

A constant reminder – the reason to be consistent.

Logical Goals

Setting challenges which are guided by our passion and interests. Encouragement to leave the comfort zone – triggering exciting experiences and positive emotion.

Starting by visualising a long-term goal. The ideal and most ambitious end result. Before structuring a process of periodisation to outline the shorter and mid-term goals which lead to this.

Clear and meaningful goals provide the direction and visibility as a reference for consistent actions to be judged. Without documenting them it is easy to become lost, confused and unaccountable.

Manage Expectations

As we begin to develop a habit of being consistent towards our specific journey, it is important to be flexible in management of our expectations.

It doesn’t mean limiting the size of our end goal. But being aware of the complexities which can arise through the stages towards it.

Being mentally prepared for challenges to be harder than anticipated, or to take longer than we had hoped. Creating a margin of safety to control the emotional reaction.

An approach which can combat the impact of losing motivation when facing a difficult stint – allowing consistency to evolve.

Maintain a positive attitude by embracing the experience of finding solutions. It is what separates those who simply have an intention. And those who go on to accomplish that.

Build Momentum

The chemical reaction of completing a task, no matter how small, is addictive. As this compounds there is a positive feeling of endorphins released.

A sense of accomplishment. This is the early process of momentum gathering.

Therefore, the first stage of building towards any new goal or target should be extremely simplified. Regardless of whether we may think it is too basic, ensure the immediate steps are extremely manageable and realistic.

It is this patience and discipline which will develop a smooth and controllable rhythm. Small actions regularly, not big actions sporadically. 

It is not about the task in isolation, but the process of developing sustainability, by allowing the body and mind to enter an adjustment phase.

100% Commitment

The application of everything previously mentioned is designed to create a sustainable environment, making commitment more natural and practical.

But whether the circumstances can be controlled or not, commitment is a non-negotiable. Ultimately, we are accountable for finding solutions in alignment with other priorities and circumstances.

If we still fail to be consistent, then it is because of deeper underlying influences, not yet aware of. Or a stubborn bias we refuse to compromise on.

Alternatively, it may be satisfaction with the speed of progress, without necessarily being consistent. In which case, it is not an issue – if we do not complain.

Only long-term, it is crucial to be aware of complacency and to be comfortable in accepting the realisation that it takes longer to reach a destination, by constantly changing direction.

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