In sports and many other things in life consistency is key. Though it may sound cliche, the saying holds true. The things we repeatedly do are our habits. Whether personally, professionally, academically, or in athletics our habits can begin to define us. Good habits could lead to good health, academic success, career goals, Etc. Bad habits could lead to the opposite, poor health, less than ideal grades, failed career attempts, and more.
Both good and bad habits have a way of gaining power over us. But it’s not all as scary as it seems because we have the power inside of us to change our behaviors and our thoughts. It may be easier said than done but it is possible.
Gaining control of our repeated behaviors, our habits, starts small. We must take baby steps towards our end goal, whatever that may be. Choose one small thing that will lead you in the direction of a good habit to incorporate into your daily life. Repeat that small step everyday until you don’t have to think about it anymore. Then introduce the next small step and repeat. Doing this keeps us focused and motivated to continue when we are feeling a little uncomfortable.
Whether you want to get a back handspring, learn how to do a cartwheel, get all A’s on your report card, get that promotion at work, or what have you, the formula is the same. Create small steps to get you closer to your goal and begin to embed them into your daily life until it becomes second nature. If you want to lose weight you cannot expect to eat one healthy meal and have the pounds fall off. Just like you cannot hear someone speak a foreign language one time and know how to fluently speak it. Good things take some effort, time, consistent practice, self discipline, and determination.
Consistency is key