Slow and Steady Wins the Race
The story about the hare and the tortoise, or rabbit and turtle to some, is familiar too many if not all of us. That’s for good reason!
As kids we hear these types of stories to prepare us for the future. However, these messages can be overlooked as we get older.
This post will be somewhat of a follow up to my patience article. However, I’ll cover more insights on how to ensure consistency in your routine and why it’s necessary.
Whether you’re looking for pointers on how to implement consistency or just curious, you’re in the right place.
• It’s not a race, enjoy the process
I thought of this story because it’s a good reminder of how it really is in daily life. It’s not a race, though some would beg to differ.
There are loads of sayings like, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”, or “Success is the journey not the destination”.
Those quotes are relevant and great examples of how to approach fitness, being an entrepreneur or just life in general. Being consistent in your behavior develops habits that will carry you farther than any amount of talent.
Discomfort is a good sign it’s working
If you’re like me you enjoy staying fit and living an active lifestyle. That said, I think it’s common place to have fallen off of a weekly fitness and nutrition routine for many. This is especially true when our schedules get hectic.
That said, during those times is when it’s most important to be consistent. “You’ll enjoy it once you get in and start training.” That’s the first thing I tell myself anymore when I’m tired and/or sore and thinking about the gym. It’s true, from both a scientific and mental standpoint.
The example of a fitness routine was just one of many that applies to being consistent. It’s like muscle memory. If you do it enough it becomes a routine that you don’t need to think about too much.
Once you get to that skill level you can then start to apply yourself to more difficult tasks… like jumping motorcycles. 🙂
• Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
While I was in the military we would often train mundane tasks over and over. We would reduce a specific task down to the most fundamental movements.
Then we’d practice it over and over until it was an after thought. Think about what it is you’re looking to improve upon and see how simple you can make it.
For example, one of these mundane tasks was reloading our weapons. By consistently practicing this task and practicing it slow and smooth we eventually became very fast at reloading. This muscle memory training can also be applied to your daily habits and routines.
• You’re on your way in 21 days
Depending on what research you prescribe to it takes between 21 and 66 days to develop a habit. Now that you know this, take your most simplified task and do it consistently for at least 21 days. (Or 66 if you want to be sure.)
• Don’t find time, make time
You will get very good at whatever you put your mind to if you consistently commit to the task. If you find that task essential in developing your lifestyle then you wont just try to find time, you’ll make time!
Don’t think so much about getting to the destination fast. Remember “Slow is smooth, smooth is fast”. You’ll hear me say this many times, enjoy the process.
• Consistency is part of your character
Whether you’re starting a business, getting back in the gym or reading more scientific journals weekly, be consistent and eventually it will just be another part of your routine.
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