Recently we talked about the idea that you do not have to be perfect and that you need to focus more on gradual and continuous progress.
Building on that idea the key is to be consistent.
In fact after all we have observed in our community over the past few years we believe that no matter what plan you are doing or strategy you are using the key determinant of success to be able to consistently take action.
Day in day out.
One of the greatest obstacles to consistent action is that most people have an ALL OR NOTHING mentality and approach.
They are balls to the wall …. Or zip, zero, nada. Does that sound familiar?
You can nod your head 🙂
Most people are either super motivated and engaged in the process of their health or not at all.
They are either 100% following a new plan or not at all. Nothing in between.
The challenge with this approach is that people can only usually stick to something 100% in near perfect conditions.
Straight away you can see why that makes no sense and is a probable recipe for failure.
This is because life is hardly ever perfect.
That is why people often embark on a new health plan in the New Year, straight after the holidays, when work quietens down, when the baby is born, when exams are over etc etc etc.
The result being that people end up with short spurts of doing the right things but very little consistency in between.
That is why we like to talk about an ALWAYS SOMETHING approach to health.
How can you always try to make something slightly better.
How can that meal you are eating out in a restaurant be just slightly better?
How can you work in very short workout when you are time pressed instead of doing nothing?
How can you make that snack a little healthier?
You get the picture.
When it comes to consistency we like to manage our lives on a 90/10 principle.
90% of the time you are getting things right and 10% of the time is for fun. Sometimes, in reality, this is closer to a 80/20 ….
Sometimes it is closer to 95% if we are in a period of extreme FOCUS.
BUT in the spirit of ALWAYS SOMETHING no matter what we never let it dip below a 70/30 as a fail safe.
That approach and philosophy to life will create far more consistency in your life than 100% vs 0.
A common mistake is Thinking that action needs to be some kind of big, bold, powerful move.
Contrary to that belief, we’ve found that smaller actions are key.
Small actions are do-able!
“Excellence is something we do every couple of months when we feel like it.” – Said no one ever.
Small daily actions, done consistently over time, add up to heroic results.
Actually taking consistent action is so much more important than wondering and worrying, planning and prepping, only to eventually take very inconsistent and unsustainable action.
For example: Eating protein
In our Sleekgeek Coaching program, we are big on getting our clients to eat protein with all of their meals.
We find that it tends to help them automatically make healthier choices, it keeps them fuller for longer, and it helps them to hold onto their lean muscle mass while losing weight.
But for some, this is too hard to do with every meal, so we get them to do it with just one meal first.
Or to even just eat a packet of biltong or drink a protein shake as a snack.
We make it super easy and do-able, then slowly scale it up from there as it becomes more familiar and they get better at it.
Small actions create momentum and get bigger over time!
Have you ever had a small cheat meal on a Friday night and then found it snowballing into a massive weekend-long binge?
Or have you ever had one bad thing happen to you, and suddenly everything seems to be spiraling downwards and out of control?
Well, just like how life can spiral downwards and out of control, life can also spiral upwards and into control.
How cool is that?
This is why taking small action just to build some momentum is super effective.
Just give your healthy habits or actions a tiny push, and then another and another and another each day. Then watch them grow.
Small actions also build your competence and your confidence as well as being scalable as you improve.
There is no specific task today because the 5-minute action you started on day 1 is a perfect example to illustrate this point.
It is simple, doable and should be done daily throughout this challenge.
So all I want to do today is on day 8 remind you to complete your 5-minute action for the remainder of this challenge.
See you tomorrow!