It’s funny, when I start to see certain patterns in my life, I’m never sure if they were always there and I just started to notice, or if they start popping up just in time to notice. Either way, one theme that just keeps coming up again and again and again in almost every aspect of my life is: consistency.
Consistency: the steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.
Such a simple concept. Not the sexiest. Not the most earth shattering. And there lies its magic. In its simplicity lies its complexity.
Success in so many disciplines isn’t just talent or “luck” or even hard work alone. All of these things are still huge factors, but consistency is what makes any success stick.
Overnight vanilla protein oats with purely elizabeth granola
I’ve been doing the “Sweat with Kayla” guides for 9 weeks. Not every workout I do is great, in fact the majority I feel like my ass just got handed to me, but recently I’ve started feeling a little stronger, and noticing a little more definition. This isn’t because I’m the most intense fitness buff. This isn’t a result of any extreme. Instead, it’s really just focusing on making this lifestyle a habit and infusing joy into each day because that’s the key.
It’s not hustling for a month, a week, a year to see X result and be done. It’s loving each step and showing up whether you’re crushing it or you’re literally falling over doing a burpee (that was me yesterday, my legs actually kind of crumpled under me and I rolled over for a bit before getting back up).
Leftover veggies with tofu, cilantro pesto and cilantro pesto
Kombucha with tuna salad on toast
Consistency transcends pretty much any discipline. Outside of my health and well being, this blog is probably the other biggest example of where consistency has paid off. No one blog post has made or broken the success, just like no one meal or workout will make or break your health. Instead it’s showing up to move things forward every single day. This consistency builds trust which is the most valuable thing to me.
However the hardest part of consistency is battling the tug between knowing that no one action will make or break you, but understanding that nothing is build without those actions repeated over time. No one thing matters but everything together does.
I write this, hopefully, as a thought starter for you. And as a reminder to myself of how much I believe in the power of consistency, even though it’s still so hard to practice.
Butternut squash, edamame, brussels sprouts, rice, cilantro pesto and sweet potato
What’s an area of your life where you’ve seen the benefit of consistency?