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Consistency vs Perfection

When it comes to getting things done, I find that I'm naturally a very 'all or nothing' kind of guy. If I'm going to start a nutrition plan or gym plan for example then I'm all in. I'll have everything focused in on even the smallest detail and throw myself into it with everything I've got. On one hand this can be a great trait, however on the other hand it has its huge disadvantages.


What happens if something unexpected gets thrown up? Maybe the gym is closed for a day, or I didn't get a chance to go to the supermarket for my food, or it's absolutely chucking it down so I haven't managed to go outside to hit my step target. Unfortunately, for me this can often have disastrous consequences, and I find myself going off the rails with all of my objectives. I haven't trained hard, so what is the point in eating well to fuel myself? Why bother just getting my steps in when I can't train or eat the foods I need? Before I know it, I have failed on all 3 fronts! Quite often this will then roll over into the next day, and the next, and the next until I pull myself out of it and go all out again. As you can see it's not the most healthy lifestyle cycle. I think this next image really highlights how consistency beats perfection in the long term when it comes to weight loss as an example.


how to lose weight with consistency


So how do we aim for consistency without giving up on a bad day? One way I have learned, and I have to give huge thanks to my brother Daniel for this, is not to purely focus on achieving100% success with my goals. Instead aim to hit at least 80% consistency over the course of a whole month. What this will allow me to do is not get so disheartened if I have a bad day, instead see it as a blip and know that if I carry on with my desired behaviours for the rest of the month I will easily clear my threshold target of being above 80%.


I'll let you know how it goes, as today is my first day of hitting the following goals:


  1. Zero alcohol (this is given as I haven't drunk alcohol for over 12 months now)

  2. 10,000 steps a day

  3. 3 litres of water a day

  4. 180 grams of protein a day


There are going to be much more to add to these, but for the next week and the whole of March these are my objectives. I know if I hit these over 80% of the time only good things can come as a result.


If you need help making changes in your life, and find that you keep quitting way too soon then drop us an email or book a consultation at the top of the page. We can show you just how easy it can be with a complimentary 20 minute initial consultation.


Speak soon,


Luke



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