There’s a fine line between seeing the big picture and being present day to day.
Life may seem overwhelming when we allow our minds to take over and run through the laundry list of things we “should” be doing to get to where we want to be. Notice I put “should” in quotes because I don’t really believe in that word. It puts a lot of unnecessary expectations on us, which often results in inaction.
Whether it’s a new job, creating a business, improving nutrition, starting a new workout program, or being in a relationship: these things have an end goal in mind. Often we get caught up in the idea and the end result versus the day-to-day manifestation of these situations. When we spend so much time in our heads, hoping, wishing, wanting, we are missing out on time in which we can be doing.
Many conversations I have with friends and clients when I ask about barriers to maintaining their health and fitness come down to one similar theme: struggling with consistency. I think that is pretty consistent across the board, no pun in tended.
So where do we go from here? How do we cultivate consistency?
The key to cultivating consistency is to spend more time in the present. When we spend too much time focusing on the end result, we miss out on where the magic happens, on where things actually come to fruition. This time is the process, the day in and day out it takes to get to where we want to be.
First thing’s first: be present. When we are too caught up in the present or dwelling on the past, we are missing the opportunity of now. Now is when the magic happens. Now is when we take action, however big or small those steps may be. Don’t lose the now.
Second: lose the all or nothing mindset. This doesn’t get us very far and may lead us to feeling disappointed and defeated; neither of those reactions is productive. It goes back to that old saying, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. But seriously, try again.
Third: enjoy the journey. That’s the point of life right? To enjoy it. As one of my favorite bands Coldplay say, “Nobody said it’d be easy.” However, we can still enjoy the ride, the day in and day out by showing up, taking ownership over our energy, and intentionally enjoying your life.
Fourth: revisit the big picture and the why. We still have to check our GPS from time to time to remind ourselves where we are going, especially when things get challenging.
Five: show gratitude. Be thankful, being able to see all of the great things around us, can help us with consistency, because we stop taking things for granted.
Bonus step: forgive yourself and forgive others. Consistency begins now – wherever you feel consistency is needed in your life.
So what is it that you aspire to get consistent with? Let me know! Leggo!