Consistency

Sea view of Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary, San Joaquin, Iloilo, Philippines 📸: Almie Jane

Author: Almie Jane

Say what you mean and mean what you say. Don’t be afraid to stand firm on the decisions that you make. Trust yourself. Believe in your instincts. Do what works best for YOU. Stay true to yourself and be good to yourself. Allow every decision that you make to empower, enrich, and add value to your life!”

-Stephanie Lahart

Throughout my student life in the University, I have strived hard to stay consistent about consistency. It is a promise which spells dependability and longevity to sustain peak performance. Everyday, I’ve always see to it to organize my schedule and simply follow it. I tried to practice on replicating positive behaviour each workload day after day. I’ve been juggling different parts of my life using the power of consistency- relationships, studies, univ activities, and of course, my well-being as a person.

Self-care is so important, particularly if there are others depending on you, and a regular and consistent routine is an essential part of that care.”

-Christina Passarella

Because I believe that even the best plans will fail without a dedication to consistency.

There will always be obstacles along the way that challenge you while leaving you no choice but to push through the limits. In the face of strong resistance, it is best to always stand up for what you believe in. But what does it take to be consistent ourselves?

According to Michal Kornozek in his blog on Minimalist Journaling: A Fun and Effective Tool for Tremendous Habit Change l,

Consistency has always been a challenge for me. Despite defining clear goals for myself, I have always struggled to create the habits that would lead me to fulfill them. I had the motivation and time, yet I would consistently fail somewhere around day 10. Failure kept leaving me angry and frustrated, and compounded into a disbelief in my ability to succeed… “

-Michal Korzonek

I have learned that this has something to do with standards-you must enforce compliance to a set of standards. Well, as for me, everybody has their own standard of living and it depends whether a person is dedicated enough or not. Practicing consistency isn’t as easy as it seems to be. It needs to undergo a process to make it a habit by identifying the main points.

You need to make specific and realistic goals [1]. By creating your personal schedule is an important step to keep you on track [2]. Sometimes, it is easy to forget new goals, habits, commitments, or promises, especially when we make them to ourselves. To remind yourself throughout the day, put messages to yourself in visible areas [3]. Never forget to make promises only if you can keep them. It is easy to get overwhelmed, however, if you make too many promises. If you think a request may be difficult to do, say no [4]. Take some time to also reward yourself when you get something done. Even small goals deserve small rewards to help keep you motivated throughout the process [5].

You have to be ready to challenge yourself do better everyday. Know what to prioritize for a greater purpose. There will always be people who break the rules or grease the wheels to earn an unfair advantage for themselves.

But you need to keep going if you make a mistake. Plan for potential failure, and don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake along the way [6]. Consistency doesn’t mean that you are working all of the time. So take time off to recharge [7]. Use motivational tools to keep going even when you don’t feel like it. Try to find new sources of motivation if you’re feeling down or lazy [8]. Always, always hold yourself accountable. To be consistent means you have to make sure that you recognize when you don’t reach the standards and goals that you’ve set [9].

Changing your thinking is a great help to implement a leap to consistency.

You need to give yourself time to see changes [10]. Set boundaries for your commitments and personal relationships [11]. Most importantly, build your willpower to achieve goals [12]. In order to manifest these things, you have to eliminate negative thinking turn them around or introduce a more positive or neutral thought. So for example if you find yourself thinking “I can’t do this,” turn it around and think, “I’m going to practice doing this, even if I’m not great at it to start with [13].”

I believe that by being consistent pays off in the long run. Just like hard work, consistency can become a person’s strength towards success. This require optimism and productiveness throughout the process. Start with setting for small goals, and when you achieve them, you’ll be more confident to aim for bigger goals.

References:

Passarella, Christina (2018). The Life-Changing Power of Consistency           

Korzonek, Michal (2018). Minimalist Journaling: A Fun and Effective Tool for Tremendous Habit Change

1.https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/notes-self/201308/how-set-goals

2.https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/291912

3.https://www.positivityblog.com/how-to-improve-your-consistency/

4.http://changingminds.org/techniques/how_to/trust_me/keep_promises.htm

5.https://www.inc.com/chris-dessi/10-simple-ways-to-motivate-yourself-every-day.html

6.http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234325

7.https://www.inc.com/chris-dessi/10-simple-ways-to-motivate-yourself-every-day.html

8.https://www.inc.com/chris-dessi/10-simple-ways-to-motivate-yourself-every-day.html

9.http://www.inc.com/eric-v-holtzclaw/consistency-power-success-rules.html

10.https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_articles.asp?id=759

11.https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/happiness-in-world/201305/the-importance-maintaining-consistent-boundaries

12.http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/raising-happiness/201204/5-tips-boosting-your-willpower

13.https://www.positivityblog.com/how-to-improve-your-consistency/

Special Issue: Barefooted-Wearing the Pink Shoes

“And suddenly you know… It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”

Too often, I forget how to pick up myself from the ground and begin again.

Almost always, I stay back and just cry sittin’ along the rocky road of life.

–this is the way of my life back then.

I fall, I rise, I make mistakes, I live, I learn. I am human, not perfect. I have been hurt, but I am alive. I think of what a precious privilege is to be alive- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, and to chase the things I love.

Sometimes, there is sadness in my journey, but there is also lots of beauty. We must keep on putting one foot in front of the other even when we hurt, for we will never know what is waiting for us just round the bend.

According to my favorite cartoon character Winnie the Pooh,”Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.” He is actually right. Every little things we do counts on what we think matters the most. Since we are challenged by waves of problems almost everyday, we became worried on how to fix everything else. But as we come to think of it, time is running constantly. If life ceases due to the bumpy road we are walking through, it’s not being alive anymore.

To be alive to feel pain.

To be alive is to continue the journey despite of harshness of life.

“So often, we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to enjoy the journey.” Life’s not a marathon to run fast than anyone else. Why not enjoy the scenery in front of you. Take it all one day at a time and enjoy the journey.

“I hope the days come easy, and the moments pass slow, and each road leads you to where you want to go.”

WE ARE BORN BAREFOOTED. Simply to say that we gotta ride the Pink Shoes of life. You have to do what is right for yourself. Nobody is walking in your shoes.Simply being free. Sometimes, the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.

Just hold the vision, and trust the process. . .

“Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny.”- C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. If your path is more difficult, it is because your calling is higher. You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes, you just need to BREATHE, trust, LET GO and see what happens. 🙂

Enjoy the journey. Live life & enjoy each day. Every day is a new present waiting to be unwrapped. Unwrap it slowly, enjoy it, and be thankful. ♥

Actually, all of us walk in this world barefooted. As we try to realize it, without the protection from our shoes, we could feel the earth from where we stand and as long as we do not stop from walking, it actually hurts stepping all the rocky road and muddy plains that slow us down. Remember, the struggle is part of the story.

Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome. 🙂 Ganbatte kudasai!

“But be brave enough to travel the unknown path, and learn what you are capable of barefooted- wearing the pink shoes.”

-AJ2k15