“And…how exactly do you plan to do this?” he said as he thoughtfully considered what I just told him. He scanned, for what seemed like the 10th time, the brief proposal I provided. My hesitancy caused him to look up at me over the rim of his glasses. I sat up straight in my chair and quickly replied, “I’m not sure on the fine details, but I plan to start researching heavily asap. It’s maybe…the best idea i’ve ever had.”
After the meeting I went home. I valued my mentor’s opinion so much that I took the idea to him well before I was 100% confident in it. Maybe that was a mistake, but I felt so strongly about it I knew I had to see it through. I opened up my laptop and started my real research. Over the next few weeks, I crafted a pretty solid plan. I assembled the various pieces I felt I needed to make this a success, and I eventually, launched the program.
The response was well received, not quite to the level I had hoped but it was still a great start. I felt I had made the right choice and I was ready for the long haul. As with most things, it takes real time, persistence and focus to make it successful.
After tireless nights and long work days, I began to feel my passion for the project dwindle. I started to dislike some of the aspects of and the negative thoughts began to creep in. The dislike turned to annoyance, annoyance turned to hate. Before I knew it, I was coming up with every reason imaginable to avoid working on it. It’s not really making you money, you should focus on something else. This is more work than it’s worth. It’s not really pushing forward your brand. The thoughts played over and over.
Eventually, I started to adjust my schedule and I started putting the program on the back-burner. Eventually, it wasn’t a part of my life anymore. About a month later, I looked back at my work only to realize that I missed working on it all along. That the idea was good, and that if I had just continued to work on it, maybe it would have been a staple in my life.
After looking harder at the website, I started to see that people found the program valuable. They were leaving comments, subscribing and some even followed my social media in hopes that I would return. So I started to revive it. I put some TLC into the program, lit the fire that I had felt months prior. Only to fall off again because of whatever reason.
How To Stay Consistent
It is one of the most important things we can do as business owners. And while our emotions are a critical portion of our lives, I think it’s ideal to learn when they have a place at the table and when they do not.
If you’re anything like me, you likely consider yourself an “ideas” person. Coming up with an idea is never a problem, even crafting a nice plan of execution is fairly simple. But oh, the follow through. The day in and day out of a project, that…is where the problem lies.
And what’s funny is that it’s arguably the most important component. Regardless of the goal you want to achieve, the principle of consistency is always present. If you want to grow your blog, you must consistently create new content and market it. If you want to become better at your creative craft, you must consistently read and practice. If you want to grow your business, you must consistently put yourself out there.
If there’s one thing we should all prioritize, it’s (you guessed it) consistency. Will there be reasons to avoid work? Of course. I could be watching Scandal, waisting time on youtube, or playing on social media right now. And in addtion to the frivilous things, there will be real reasons to avoid work too. Like illness (heaven forbid) or life struggles. But if we ever hope to reach the level we wnat, we have to commit to consistently working.
But if you are struggling with remaining consistent (like me) there are some things that I’ve committed to this year that have been helping me be more productive and of course, more consistent.
Figure out what you Really Want
While I do think we should see most of our ideas through, that doesn’t mean every idea makes it to the final stages. Some ideas are killed through the research process, some through the preliminary stages, some after you’ve rolled out the entire program (unfortunately). That’s okay. But I think we can minimize these situations if we get very clear on our vision and what we really want out of our lives.
It’s going to be a lot harder to waste your time if you have a clear vision of what you want for your life. You’ll be able to determine what projects align with that and what don’t. Even further, you’ll know what values you want to uphold.
If you have a goal you are trying to work towards that you are finding yourself becoming increasingly negative about. Try looking within and asking yourself why you are doing that? Is it because you are making excuses or is it because you don’t actually want it?
If you are still not sure, try forcing yourself to work on it. I know I know, you are not trying to hear that. But seriously, just commit to 15 minutes. That’s it. If you start working on it and after 15 minutes, you are still dreading every second of it, then it may be because you actually do not want this.
But if you start working on it, if you push past the negative feelings and then you find yourself emersed in it, or you feel 100% better after you’ve started, then you know it’s simply resistance, and that you can overcome.
Batch Your Schedule
If you are a busy bee like me, then one of the reasons you are struggling with consistency is because of your schedule. One thing you can do is plan in advance and batch various tasks that are recurring. Like for example, I have been attempting to batch all of my blog posts and vlog editing in one week. This way all of my youtube videos and blog posts are done and ready to publish before hand, while that makes that one week a bit busy, it makes the rest of the month a piece of cake (kinda).
Try batching and preparing your materials before you plan to execute them and it will make your life a lot easier and help you to be more consistent.
Get Some Small Victories Under Your Belt
When you are feeling negative about doing work, sometimes it’s really difficult to think about picking yourself back up. The issue is magnified if you feel like you are light years away from your goals. So when you are trying to get back into the grove of things, I think it’s important to start small. Think about small things you can do right now that will move you towards your goals. Maybe you can right a rough draft of one blog posts? Or make your next meal just a little healthier. Something small that you can do right now. Keeping the promises you make to yourself is an important aspect of keeping your spirits up. In order to remain consistent, keeping our spirits up is important.
Quick Note: Even if your spirits aren’t up, that doesn’t mean you don’t do the work. Some days, you just wont feel like doing it, and that is where the first tip comes in. If you know that you do want this, then there will be days you will have to work when you don’t really feel like it.
Let Go Of Your Current Narrative
Whatever negative things you are saying about yourself which are causing you not to act, let it go. The beauty of our lives is we can change what we say and think about ourselves at any given moment. We can decide that we no longer want to be the person, “Hoping” we want to be the person doing. It starts with our mindset, and with a promise to commit ourselves to the work we love doing despite all odds. If we focus on our vision, and consistently work towards them there is no room for failure. We will become our own version of success. It all begins with our thoughts.
Consistency is one of the key factors in making any thing happen in our lives. Whether it’s life or business goals, we will not get where we want if we do not work on our goals every chance we can. The more we work, the easier it will be to form habits and keep moving forward.
I hope you found value in this post! Thank you for reading!
What do you do to stay consistent? I’m looking forward to your take!