There are many habits that if you practice them will change your life, I’ve spoken countless times about the benefits of journaling, yoga, meditation, having routines to structure your day all to increase productivity, efficiency and the chances of being a successful person. And I could go on and on and on about these.
But the most important questions you need to ask yourself are what is at the foundation of all these great habits? What helps drive each and every single one towards success?
And if you really think about it, it’s a clear no-brainer.
Let’s go through a situation, let’s say you want to be able to practice yoga everyday for the next 30 days, it’s sounds easy enough, right? All you have to do is get your mat, change into your workout clothes and move your body for 10-30 minutes a day. Now imagine, you’ve succeeded, you’ve done your yoga practice, found your flow and have felt moved by this practice.
Congratulations, you’ve successfully created a new habit, but on day 41 you decide I’m just so good at this yoga I don’t wanna do it anymore, I’m such a pro I don’t even need to continue anymore. A day passes by, a week, then a month, then a year down the line you decide you want to get back into yoga again, you try and move your body into intricate and complex positions, but it just won’t move that way.
You’re right back to the drawing board, starting from rock bottom and you say to yourself I’ve lost my flow, I can’t do this anymore and you begin to feel sad, angry, frustrated with your body for not being able to move the way need it to.
You’ve finally learnt you’re lesson. Consistency is the root of all habits, it’s the foundation upon which you lay your progress and at which you experience success.
Then you vow that you’ll never miss a day of yoga again.
If you take that scenario you’ll soon realise you can apply to every single habit in existence. It’s true that performing habits on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis will bring you success, but that’s only partially true, what ensures success is being consistent, which is the exact reason why I made it my new year’s goal. I didn’t say I wanted to drink more water, or meditate more or journal more, I simply stated I wanted to be consistent with my habits.
When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren’t the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation.
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