Consistency is one of the key elements for success. In doing a web search on the word consistency, I came up with the synonym regularity. Webster defines consistency as, the ability to remain the same in behavior, attitudes, and qualities. In this blog post, we will look at how consistency affects our physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Nothing is really effective or successful without consistency.
Research has shown that consistency leads to success. For example, it has shown that going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time everyday has therapeutic health benefits. According to the Sleep Doctor, Michael Breus, PhD, consistency is the cornerstone of a healthy sleep routine. A consistent routine can make falling asleep and getting up in the morning easier, less stressful, and more relaxing. This also includes the weekends and your days off. Consistency with sleep makes our daily lives easier and helps us be more efficient with our time and efforts.
For me, consistency is something I have to constantly be aware of in my daily life. It is challenging for me at times. Staying consistent with physical activity has been my biggest challenge. Sometimes I take yoga and work out for 2 or 3 weeks consistently then turn around and miss a whole week. I immediately notice a change in my energy level, and the way I feel physically and emotionally, when I am consistent with my workout routine as opposed to being inconsistent.
I spoke with a spokesperson at LA Fitness Gym about this and he validated the importance of consistency in maintaining optimal physical health. He informed me that the peak time for new membership enrollment is January. He stated the gym is full for the whole month. Then as the year progresses, people start dropping out and the gym becomes less busy. We make all kinds of resolutions about diet and exercise but fail to be consistent.
To obtain consistent results we must be consistent in our action. We are what we repeatedly do, think, and say.
- If eating no sugar or processed food is one way to be healthier physically, then staying consistent with that practice is a step towards better health.
- If daily meditation, prayer, or whatever spiritual practice you choose, is the way to stay connected spiritually then staying consistent with that practice is a key element to achieving optimal health spiritually.
Mindful awareness is another area where consistency has proven to be beneficial for me. Being consistently aware of my thoughts and taking control of them, as opposed to allowing them to control me, has led to more positive thinking and therefore a greater outlook on life in general. Constantly or consistently being aware. When I let my guard down, and allow my mind to wander, I end up with negative thoughts and negative energy which in turn affects my optimal health and wellness.
Any goal we have to be the best we can be, and take care of the body given to us by the creator, takes consistency. Consistency is key whether your goal is to stop smoking, pray more, meditate more, exercise or eat healthier.
Thinking back to my goal to become a nurse makes me think about the fact that 22% of the class dropped out before completion, leading to only 78% of the class being successful and graduating. It took consistency. It takes motivation and determination to be consistent but we all have the innate ability to be successful. It is our choice.
I am committed to be more consistent in my actions in order to achieve optimal health. I hope you will join me.
I challenge you to take just one step toward optimal health and start today working on that goal. Small disciplines repeated with consistency everyday, lead to great achievements gained slowly over time. It is a process, but with consistency, you will be successful. Remember, consistency always leads to excellence. So, always be consistent with whatever you do in life. Do not give up.
Whatever it is you want to achieve, be consistent in your efforts and actions. It is guaranteed to lead to success.
Until next time,
Peace, blessings, and consistency
Vince is a Critical Care Registered Nurse, Published Writer, and Columnist living and loving in Atlanta, Georgia. Enter your email address to receive his weekly educational, inspirational, and thought-provoking work straight to your inbox. You can also follow him on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. Your support and feedback are deeply appreciated.