Consistency: the single most important aspect of health (or any goal achievement for that matter)

It’s so easy to want to give up when things aren’t going our way. Obstacles come up that we don’t want to face. We are discouraged at working out because we can’t always do everything we see others doing. We give up on our diet because we have a week of fast food fails. We feel like working on our career or our business or a project is a waste because things aren’t going smoothly.

The truth is that the only way to overcome those obstacles is with consistency. Put away that small failure, don’t think about it. Tomorrow is a new day. Keep working on that goal a little bit every day. It doesn’t matter that you weren’t able to accomplish this major thing you wanted to accomplish. If you put in a little work everyday, you will eventually get there. GIVING UP due to obstacles is the ONLY SURE WAY to NEVER accomplish the thing you want to accomplish.

You want to have a solid level of fitness. But that doesn’t come over night. You start working out and all you can think is “I am so out of shape, I can’t do any of this”. If you stop, then you are guaranteed that tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, you will still be in the same place, or worse, than where you are today. But if you keep going, a little bit everyday, bit by bit, you will get stronger. A month from now, a year from now, you will be able to say, wow! I was able to grow, to get stronger. The key is to stay consistent, not to give up.

It goes the other way too. Don’t get over excited and do too much all at once. I see this with injuries or with over zealous dieting. If you get injured, you will have to quit. If you’re starving, you will have to quit. Keeping up a balanced diet and a balanced exercise program is the key to being consistent. It’s more important to be able to continue tomorrow, than to necessarily hit the super high goal of today. Don’t get discouraged, keep it up a little every day, and you are sure to make progress.

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