3 Main Reasons Why It Is So Hard To Be Consistent
When I try to evaluate myself and do self-exploration, I figure out that my weakness is hard to be consistent. I am a typical person who easily gets bored. There is research that state to adopt the new habit, you need to adapt and execute that habit at least for 21 days in a row. Sadly, I always fail in around 14 days timeframe.
Not just to adopt the new habit, in order to achieve success, consistency is one of the key factors. If you know one of the algorithms of certain social media like Instagram, you need to consistently engage, post, or involved on that app on a daily basis. This algorithm teaches me how being consistent is driving us to success. Let’s say your goal is to create a new business. In this case, you may market your product, develop your product, and study the business landscape itself consistently. I pick the quote from Dwayne Johnson
Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.
Even though, we know that consistency is leading us to success, in reality, it is hard to be done. In this article, I elaborate on the 3 main reasons why is it hard to be consistent.
1. We Expect Fast Outcome
This is the most common reason why people stop doing their actions. They didn’t see any outcome after running through their routine in the short term. Let’s pick the most common example one, losing fat. In the beginning, you really determine and ready to sacrifice the old habit to achieve the objective. In this case, you may wake up earlier, go jogging, or to the gym do some weightlifting. However, we tend to do more or too much in the beginning phase and expect that we can cut our fat faster. After going through this phase, for 1 or 2 weeks, or maybe a month, we don’t see any positive results from the effort. There are 3 typical mindsets of this: changing the method in a better way, feeling that all of you’ve done is useless, or it may be just a never-ending process. When you’re in the second or third point and you seem like don’t enjoy the process, that’s where you decide to quit.
We need to remind ourself, that there is a thing that can’t be achieved in one night, some need to take a long mile in order to fulfill it. In order to solve this, we may chunk our goals into several smaller milestones. Once you already achieve this milestone, you may reward yourself. This will pump you to achieve more milestones and become more consistent to pursue your goal. Moreover, it makes you appreciate any small growth that you have.
2. We Overappreciate Ourselves
In contrary to the first point, too much self-appreciation has the potential to inhibit your consistency. We may be trapped to something that called a “fake goal”. Even though, you divide your goal into milestones, doesn’t mean that certain milestone is a real goal.
The common thing that happens is people will slowly decrease their pace when they accomplish something. On the other side, too much self-appreciation in certain stages also leads to several excuse creations. This may include: “I already achieve a part of my goal, it’s okay to take time for rest”. Well, it’s nothing wrong about taking rest or vacant time but keep in mind that don’t keep it until you fall to your comfort. Once you’re on the comfort, it will take a time to keep up to your previous pace. In the worst case, you will totally abandon your past achievement and real goal.
3. We Got Bored so Easy
This is my biggest pain point in order to be consistent.
At some point, consistency will change to a routine and will turn it to boredom. When something turns to be such a boring thing, we tend to quit to search a more interesting one.
How to turn this thing to less boring? We may consider tweaking our recent activity in a certain timeframe. As an example, I am talking about my commitment to adopt new habits for daily journaling. In order to make it less boring, I always try to change the format of my journalling on weekly basis. That still becomes a routine aspect of my life, but with these changes, it makes it less boring because it forced me to renew my existing action item and always find the formula on how to make it more interesting so I can commit it with less boredom.
As final words, while being consistent is one of the keys to achieving your goal, in order to do, you’ll encounter some challenges. Being consistent is also one way to adopt the new way, replacing the old one in order to reach the success.