Consistency – A designed approach
consistent behaviour or treatment.
“Some things you have to do every day. Eating seven apples on Saturday night instead of one a day just isn’t going to get the job done.” — Jim Rohn
We are a product of what we do day in and day out. Whether habitually, by chance, choice or force. Consistency is one of the most overlooked factors to success.
When we look at or study those that have had, or are, continually successful, consistency is one of the fundamental reasons for their success.
As athletes we should strive to get consistency in our training, nutrition and habits. The journeys that we take with our bodies shouldn’t be confined to the 6 weeks after Christmas or the 4 weeks leading up to the summer.
A consistent designed approach to our year should be one of the final things we do leading up to a New Year, a life goal, competition season. We then know exactly what to expect come on that first day. Day 1. We have a list of goals, a plan of how to get there, expected outcomes, a backup plan, an exit strategy, and a defined list of habits to break or make.
We must also as self-sufficient athletes (that is us that are not part of a professional sporting set up, weekday warriors, gym monkeys, Crossfitters etc.) develop a disciplined thought process where we constantly track our progress, ask ourselves the tough questions, devise answers and outcomes for those questions.
How am I feeling today?
Are my sessions effective for my desired outcome?
Am I truly focused on achieving my goals?
What are my Strengths/Weaknesses?
How can I improve?
Am I ready for the Journey?
Am I executing my plan consistently?
Am I skipping Leg Day!!??
With these questions in mind we can then execute our goals with an almost laser focus, discipline and action. We must also know our short comings. We must be aware that we are only human, but, even humans can exhibit super human behavior.
Those that have it, know it. Those that don’t should. We are no different. Habits are learned. Consistency is also a learned behavior. To achieve success in our chosen sports – whatever they are – we must first expect a consistent approach to get us there.
“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” — Tony Robbins
We can expect to have days where we are not firing at 100% but with a consistently designed approach to our training, nutrition and rest we can realistically expect our desired outcomes in the timeframes we set ourselves. Ask yourself the questions, stick to the plan, the plan can be malleable but the outcome should remain the same. Do what you do with consistent action, reap the success that it brings.
So as you set yourself up for a year of competition, growth and transformation remember that if you set yourself a 5 day a week workout plan to be executed over 8 weeks, do the 5 days every week, don’t skip a day here or there. Dedicate time to your goals, do it with consistency and make it a habit. Make that habit stick. You’ll be a more disciplined and successful athlete for it.