You probably know that consistency is key to success in school, work, and achieving personal goals. In this post, I’ll share a few tips that can help you and your student improve consistency so that you can achieve your goals.
- Consistency is not the same as perfection: For example, if you are training for a half marathon, consistent running and cross training is essential. Not every workout has to be perfect or the best session ever. One perfect training session will not yield the results that consistent training will get you.
- Focus on the WHY and the Endgame: Ahead of time, identify your why. What is end goal and why is it important to you? By focusing on the endgame and the why, you are more likely to be consistent even when you “aren’t’ in the mood.”
- Reward both the big and small consistent behavior: In the past, I have written about the power of positive reinforcement and how it has the biggest impact on long-term success. Small and big rewards are key to building new consistent habits and achieving big goals.
- Harness the power of bookends: Bookending creates a strong and powerful structure that will ensure you consistently work toward your goal. Bookending is when you start your day (or daily activity) the same way each time and end the same way each time. There are many reasons this is so effective (helps with transitions, takes load off working memory, creates stimulus-response, etc.), and the takeaway is that if you are consistent with how you start and how you wrap up an activity (or day), whatever happens in the middle…you can handle!
Give these a try and see what happens. Success takes time, but when we’re consistently doing the right things, we will reach our goals.
All the best,
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