It is almost September. After September there will only be one quarter left of 2019, which can fly by like crazy. In this article, I give three tips to become more consistent and to finish your 2019 strong. They will also result in a head-start in 2020.
If you do not care much about the date or year, or you read this article way later than August 2019, I am sure you can still find value in it.
Promises. Everyone makes them. Yet we fail to realize one important thing about promises: they say a lot about ourselves. Which also means they play a big role in our self-confidence. As Ed Mylett once said:
“Self-confidence is the characteristic of someone who keeps promises they make to themselves. Consistently keep promises you make to yourself.”
Make it a habit to work on the promises you made to yourself and, of course, keep them. If you made some big promises to yourself, try to still keep them by working on them from now on. If you made promises which seem to big to finish in a few months, break them up. Just make sure you work on the habit to keep promises that you made.
You probably started working on some things at the start of 2019. The New Years Resolutions are always a great boost of motivation. How many things are you still working on today? And how many of them have you been doing consistently for the past 8 to 9 months?
If you are going strong and are still working consistently on the things you started earlier this year, then keep going. You are doing awesome. If not, I have a great tip to become more consistent and preparing yourself to go extra hard in 2020.
Most people struggle with consistency because of two things:
1. Their why is not strong enough
2. They ask too much of themselves from the get-go and get overwhelmed once the motivation decreases and they need to rely on their discipline.
In case you are questioning your why, I recommend you check out videos by Simon Sinek on Youtube or read books by Seth Godin.
In case you are asking too much of yourself or you struggle once the motivation decreases, you should try the following thing:
Make the promise to yourself that you execute 1 daily task. Every day. The entire week. Start with something small, yet meaningful. Do that for a few weeks. Then, do 3 daily tasks. Again: make sure they are meaningful. Do that for a month or so. Finally, ramp it up and make the promise to yourself to execute 5 daily tasks. All 5 should be meaningful and aligned with your (long-term) goals.
Once you have made it a habit to execute your 5 daily tasks, you can see what works best for you. You can keep the same 5 daily tasks and increase the intensity. Or you can throw in some change and work on other things. Make sure you stick to 5 daily tasks, or even a bit less. If you exceed the 5 daily tasks you will most likely become overwhelmed and it will also clutter your mind.
An example of working on your consistency by executing daily tasks:
1. I start out with reading 10 pages as my daily task. I do this for a few weeks.
2. I read 10 pages, meditate for 10 minutes and have 30 minutes of physical exercise. I do this for about a month.
3. I read 10 pages, meditate for 10 minutes, have 30 minutes of physical exercise, cook myself a healthy meal and have a cold shower.
Every day is January 1st
The last tip I want to give you is the following: do not glorify January 1st that much. It is a beautiful day to start things or to re-invent yourself, I agree. But do not use that as an excuse to put things off until then. You can also work on becoming a better version of yourself today.
Every day you wake up, you have the opportunity to make that day a better day than yesterday. Be consistent about that and your life will change. Wake up every day like it is January 1st and work on becoming a better version of yourself.
As Jordan Peterson once said:
“Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to what someone else is today.”