Consistency | Olly Foster

Are you consistent? 4 Questions to ask yourself first.

The law of consistency states that “motivation gets you going – discipline keeps you growing”

When it comes to your health and fitness the law of consistency is possibly the most important factor you can apply in order to achieve your goals. It’s easy to be motivated to start a new training plan or diet, but where most people fail is the level of consistency they apply in order to make real change. Most expect too much too soon and so become disheartened when they don’t see the results they desire and thus give up early on. They will either change the plan or diet and keep bouncing around without any real idea of why or what they are doing. If you can begin to really understand a little more about what you are trying to achieve then you’ll have a much better chance of succeeding.

So I’ve put together a few pointers for you.

1) Do you know why you need to improve?

Take a good look inside yourself and discover the reasons behind wanting to change. There could be several reasons for this: you maybe unhappy with the way you look, you may need to do it for health reasons, you may just wish to become fitter and healthier all round, or you may want to improve your confidence and wellbeing. When you find your purpose this has to become your primary focus, your fuel to keep you on plan. When your mind starts to fail you need to remind yourself of why you started in the first place and how it made you feel.

2) Do you know what you need to do to improve?

It may sound stupid but do you really know what you need to apply in order to achieve your goals?

Going to the gym or starting a new diet is a great start, but going in blind teaches you nothing about the systems you’re applying and how / why they work.

When it comes to training you need to apply a plan that has a correct format with all the training variables clearly outlined so that you can understand exactly what you need to do and how you need to do it.

Diet wise you have to learn to understand nutrition, what calories and macros are and how they can be manipulated to elicit certain changes. You have a responsibility to learn! Following without understanding will always lead to failure and an inevitable rebound.

3) Do you know how long it takes before change will occur?

If you know this then you know more than me. It’s impossible to predict how long it will take your body to make significant changes. All to often people who have abused their bodies for years expect changes within a couple of weeks. I’m sorry guys but this just isn’t going to happen. The analogy I use with my clients is that changing shape is like moulding clay. When you first put that hard lump of clay on the spinning wheel, its stiff and rigid and will be impossible to sculpt into a masterpiece without applying the correct variables. Firstly you need to add water, this is your diet, then you need to get the wheel spinning to moisten the clay completely, the wheel is time and frequency. As you add more water (better food options) and the spin the wheel for longer the clay will start to heat up and become pliable. This is like the human body, feed it correctly and apply enough frequency over time it will start to become more susceptible to change. The better the masterpiece you wish to create the more consistency you need to continually apply. You stop that wheel dead and give up like the clay you will just flop to the ground. I hope this makes sense to you.

4) Do you know what’s needed in order for continual improvement?

I think you’re beginning to get the idea here, but in order to continually improve you have to stick with it. Almost everyone I work with move the goal post’s as they begin to make positive changes. This is only human nature but you have to look back at where you started and see how far you’ve come. Track your progress, take photos, measurements and refer to them when you feel like giving up. Training plans / diets may need to be tweaked in order to continue on your journey but don’t keep jumping from one to the other. Give them a chance to see if they work for you and if they don’t, learn to understand why they don’t. Patience is essential as this isn’t a quick fix solution; old habits need to be broken and new ones formed. Just don’t keep giving up!!

My take away from all this is that although motivation and discipline helps us, it’s really focusing on the ‘why you are doing this’ and then creating and understanding a plan that allows us to clearly define our objectives.

Clarity is what will help you be consistent. If you really want to change, create a plan that suits your needs and see it through!

“Consistency is much easier when you have a clear understanding of what you need to be consistent in doing.” 

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