It’s no secret that some of the most successful people in the world have mastered the art of consistency and doing what needs to be done to succeed.
I used to think successful people were just born like this, but oh was I wrong…
Years ago I had the opportunity to observe several successful entrepreneurs live and up close during a series of events. What stood out to me is how every single one of these featured speakers spoke about the power of developing repeatable successful habits.
After the events, I decided to adopt a few of these habits and implement them in my daily routine and the effects were phenomenal. I saw a significant change in everything from getting better sleep to ensuring my goals were accomplished by deadlines.
If you’re the type of person who feels like no matter how hard you try, you eventually drop the ball, catch yourself stopping short of the finish line, or struggle to stick to a routine—you can easily change this.
And yes, I did say easily!
Whether you want to be more consistent in your business when following up on potential leads or simply going to the gym three times a week like you’ve been trying to do for months, developing this skill can be life-changing!
Even if you don’t believe you have the natural ability to be consistent to get the results you want, I have a few proven strategies that’ll help you master the art of consistency and taking action to get results.
Here’s 5 ways to be more consistent:
1. Block time.
This one is the easiest things you can do to be more consistent. It’s simple, but don’t be fooled this is powerful. If you want to do more of what will give you results, you must take control of your day and block out time to get things done.
For example, if you’ve been trying to write your book for the last year but you can’t seem to write consistently to get it done, block off time on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for uninterrupted writing time. No social media, texting or surfing the web. Yes, that means no researching at this time–just write.
If you take control of your calendar and block time in your schedule to get things done, you will develop the habit of being more consistent.
2. Focus on what’s important.
This one is easier said than done! When you’re running a business (on top of trying to create a fabulous life), there’s so many moving parts that you’re responsible for. And as you already know, life will throw you unexpected curve balls that will distract you from what’s most important.
A valuable skill I’ve developed is the ability to differentiate the urgent from the important. Often times things pop up into your life that seem urgent but they aren’t important! When you are clear about what you need to do consistently and can consciously decide what you’re willing and not willing to occupy your time with, you’ll be able to take more of the right action more consistently.
3. Use simple systems.
This. will. change. your. life! If you want to save time, work more efficiently and be more productive you must leverage the power of systems. There are just some things that you’re going to have to do over and over again! What are some important things that must get done in your business or life that can be optimized, automated or outsourced?
Life can become so much more easier when you have a repeatable process for getting the most important things done. If you’ve been struggling to be more consistent, you must develop a system! Your business should run like a well-oiled machine with or without you.
4. Get accountability
There’s nothing like someone you respect holding you accountable to doing what you said you were going to do. If you find yourself struggling to follow through with your commitments, get some social accountability! It can be a peer in your industry, mentor or a respected friend. And if you’re the type of person who likes extra external motivation, add some stakes.
For example, if you fail to do [insert the activity you want to do more consistently], you’ll donate $100 to an organization that goes against what you believe in. It can be infuriating to give your hard earned money to a cause you don’t believe in, further more reason to use stakes if you need them!
5. Act when you don’t feel like it.
This can be the most challenging thing to do. I know, somedays you just don’t feel like doing what needs to be done. When I was first starting my business I learned something powerful, act how you want to feel. This mindset definitely calls for you to have some serious discipline.
There were days where I didn’t feel like writing a blog post, following up with someone that I met at an event, or simply getting out of bed! One of the things that separate the pros from the amateurs is that pros show up every day. Now, it’s time for you to take action!
I promise you that if you use one of these proven strategies to do more of what you need to do consistently, you’ll accomplish what you’ve set out to do.