Consistency Creates Change
One thing I have learnt over the years is that consistency creates change. Imagine this is where you are right now, standing at the bottom of a huge staircase and you want to get to the top. So what is the most effective way for you to get there? Do you take one step at a time, or do you take multiple steps at once?
Ask yourself, do you want to get there fast regardless of how you will feel, or would you prefer a more sustainable approach? There is no right or wrong answer, however there will always be a way that best aligns with what you want to achieve.
Approaching your fitness or life goals is no different to the stairs because creating change comes down to defining what steps you need to take. The challenge can be when you struggle to define the steps needed or get overwhelmed with choice. If you’re anything like me and run an options decision making process, then this can be a common occurrence.
Making decisions is something I personally struggle with, especially defining those steps. So here is a little formula I use which is helpful for me. I use acronym for F.I.T. helps break down the steps to creating change into three sections. The answers will help you identify your motivations, plan the steps, and most importantly take action.
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F – stands for Flexibility. The willingness to change or compromise with the ability to be modified.
Flexibility is the quality of bending without breaking. When most people think of flexibility they think of touching their toes or something like that. Remember that being flexible isn’t one dimensional, it comes in many forms.
So stop for a minute to think about how flexible you are in all areas of your life. Are you actually ready to create change and can you challenge your own beliefs? Will you do things a different way and get out of your comfort zone? How do you respond when things don’t go your way?
When you lose your physical flexibility the body will deteriorate quickly. If you have no developmental flexibility, it becomes very difficult to make lasting changes in your life.
I – stands for Introspection. The self-examination of one’s own conscious thoughts and feelings and observation of one’s own mental and emotional processes.
One of the biggest problems people face when wanting change, and something I often do myself is looking outward for the solution before I look inward. Thinking something outside will fix what I think I am missing inside. Analyzing yourself, looking at your own personality and actions, and considering your own motivations is an essential part of creating meaningful and lasting change.
There’s no question that exercise or working out is a great way to increase your fitness and improve your mood. But if you’re running away from something or chasing a result that you think will provide you with a sense of fulfilment, that’s where the problem is.
A simple solution is to take some time sitting quietly with no distractions and observe what comes up. Time spent alone in thought is positive as it’s good for your well-being and your brain. Journal and ask yourself why you want something and get to the core of your values and intention. This is where your true motivation for change is. Once you know that, then you’re ready for action.
T – stands for Transformation. Profound change that takes on an entirely different level of effectiveness or behaviour, sustained through practice
Creating transformation requires training. Training the body, training the mind, creating new routines through repetition, that’s all training. The common denominator is consistent repetition. It’s your step-by-step process to get from where you are now, to where you want to be. Your training could be meditation, walking, lifting weights or practicing yoga. It doesn’t matter what the medium is, what matters is the consistent repetition required to make the changes you desire.
Whatever it is you want to change, using this F.I.T. evaluation will help you make the change. Whether you want to lose weight, improve your health, touch your toes or have bigger biceps, the process is the same. It’s the steps you take, the aligned action that will be different. Remember, consistency creates change. All the little things you do on a daily basis, a part of what I call Habitual Nourishment that will have a far greater impact than the big things you do irregularly.
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Mark is a holistic fitness and wellbeing coach with over 20 years experience with different demographics, ages and fitness levels. He educates people on the importance of a balanced and sustainable approach to their health and lifestyle. His qualifications include Personal Training, Yoga, Advanced Nutrition, NLP, Integral Semantics and Developmental Coaching.
You can join Mark’s online fitness and yoga classes, or find him teaching in numerous Sydney-based health clubs including Body Mind Life, The Space Yoga Studio, Flow Athletic, Crunch Fitness and Fitness First.