Replace Your Goals with Consistencies
Consistency is a powerful word. It has no stipulations of emotional preparedness, desire, or motivation. Consistency is not a dependent, but a wildly independent idea that finds a way to get the job done come hell or high water. Its impetus is not inspiration, but decision.
Decision making is a lesser known virtue, something we don't do a great job at acknowledging the significance and meaning of. We think that our problems come from not doing what we say we're going to do. The problem is actually that we actually always do what what we decide we're going to do.
When we decide we'll go to the gym in the morning, but end up hitting the snooze button five times and skipping, the decision was never actually to go to the gym in the morning. It's what we said, but a our decision was actually, I will go to the gym in the morning if I feel up to it. We rarely do what we say we'll do. We always do what we decide we'll do.
So perhaps our motivations are pipe dreams, not really capable of improving. But the quality of decision making - now that could and should be improved wildly!
To help you become a better decision maker, a consistency developer, rather than a goal setter, here's a consistency model. It will help you cross-examine the things you want to make consistent in your life.
1. Consistency: Keep calories to 2,000 a day, 5 days a week:
- I've done it before, so I know I'm capable.
- Regulates energy
- Keeps me looking good, which makes it easier to be comfortable being my real self
- Sometimes I want more food
(If your pros outweigh your cons, you can be sure that it's something you want more than you don't).
How can I support this consistency in my life?
- Fasting until 12pm every day, no exceptions.
- Splurges are fine, but keep them to 1 serving
- Grocery shop for success
- Veggies/Fruit galore
Consistency is a goal's older, wiser brother. If you can learn how to develop consistency in your life, by making thoroughly developed decisions, the quality of your life will drastically improve, and quickly at that.