I often see the question asked: "Why am I not getting results?" A better question to ask would be, "How can I get results?"
If there is any "secret" to achieving the results you want in your wellness program, whether it is weight loss, lower blood pressure, better blood sugar control, improved physical fitness, or any other goal, it is simply this: Consistency in execution.
What do I mean by that?
You have to be consistent in executing your plan.
It's that simple.
You start by setting SMART goals: Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-limited.
Once you have established your goals, you then create an action plan for each goal with very specific actions you will take over a period of time to achieve that goal.
You then follow your action plan with consistency (performing the actions 80-95% of the time). That means you consistently do your exercise when you say you will exercise. If you plan to walk every morning at 5 AM, you walk every morning at 5 AM - you plan for it, you plan for contingencies and you make it happen.
You consistently eat foods that are good for you, and if you are trying to lose weight, you consistently eat fewer calories than you use. If you consistently eat a hamburger and fries for lunch you will achieve a certain result - but probably not the same result as if you consistently eat a salad for lunch.
You consistently take the medications your physician prescribes for you, you consistently don't smoke...and the list goes on.
Why didn't I specify a consistency of 100? Because life happens. A friend has a birthday party and serves cake - you don't want to be the Debbie Downer that refuses to share in the fun. You get called in to work early and can't get your walk in that morning. Things happen. But if you can stay on track at least 80% of the time, you will have a much higher chance of being successful in achieving the result that you want.
After a predetermined period of time, you evaluate if you are making progress toward your goal. If not, you re-evaluate your action plan and make adjustments as needed.
So why is consistency so important?
First, you simply must Do It. Until you take action, a goal is just a dream or a wish. To make it happen, you have to take action.
Secondly, if you have not taken action and consistently worked your action plan, you won't be able to accurately evaluate whether or not your plan is working. If you haven't consistently taken action, however, that may be what needs to be changed!
If you aren't getting the results you want, evaluate first if you have established specific, realistic and achievable goals, and secondly, decide if you are taking consistent action. If you are not, what needs to change so that you can take consistent action toward your goals?
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