Consistency is a powerful tool that can help bring about positive shifts and changes in your life. It means committing to doing something repeatedly because you recognize its value. Whether it’s showing up to your yoga mat every day, meditating regularly, exercising every morning or even making efforts to find the new job that you want, consistency is key.
Sometimes, change is thrust upon you unexpectedly, like getting into a car accident and needing to buy a new car. However, there are also changes we actively seek, such as pursuing a new job or starting an exercise routine. In these cases, consistency plays a crucial role. Without consistent effort, these changes may never happen. It’s the dedication and persistence in your endeavors that gradually brings about the transformation you desire.
Consistency applies to all aspects of your life. If you want to meditate daily, it means making the commitment to sit and meditate each and every day, regardless of the time and energy you have available. It’s understandable that some days will be easier than others, but the key is to show up consistently. Each time you do, you are one step closer to forming a habit or effecting the change you seek.
The challenge is being consistent even when you don’t feel like it.
Often, the changes we aim for do not require a significant amount of time in your daily routine. The challenge lies in remembering to incorporate them consistently. There may be days when you don’t feel like doing them, but it’s essential to overcome that resistance. By showing up and giving your best effort, even on the days when it feels difficult, we are demonstrating our commitment to growth and improvement.
I’ve intentionally brought consistency into my personal yoga practice. I don’t always feel like showing up to my yoga mat and then moving my body, but I’m making an effort anyway to be there every single day. Sometimes, it’s not what you do when you show up to your yoga mat (or whatever it is that you’re trying to bring into your life). What really matters is that you show up at all. It’s that consistency of just showing up to whatever practice your trying to bring in to your life that will slowly start to make the changes that you seek.
It’s the fact that you’re putting in some effort on a consistent basis that begins to make the changes.
Being consistent works in all areas of your life.
If you want to meditate daily, then that means sitting to meditate each & every day. If you’re like me, then you have more time and energy some days and not on others. That’s fine. Sit and meditate as long as you can fit into your schedule. Just be consistent and show up. Each time you do, you’re closer to adding in a habit or making a change that you want in your life.
When you’re dealing with unresolved past trauma, being consistent means showing up every day to deal with that trauma. That might mean that one day you’re working with your therapist, and another day you’re taking a walk in the woods. Being consistent here means doing what you need to do in order to resolve that past trauma even if it changes from day to day. Just like you don’t have to meditate exactly the same way to consistently meditate daily, you don’t have to deal with your trauma the same way in order to still be dealing with it.
You have to show up to see the changes happen.
If you’re trying to create a change, you simply have to show up consistently in order to see the results of change.
Many changes that you’re trying to bring into your life often don’t take a lot of time out of your day. Whether you’re working to resolve your trauma, find a job, exercise more, the hard part is just remembering to add them in to your routine.
Sometimes you remember but you just don’t feel like doing them. Overcome that resistance! Make a point of showing up to whatever you want to change in your life. Give it all that you have in the moment. Know that you showed up & did the best that you could. Some days it will be easy & others it will be hard. Either way, just show up. You’ll be glad that you did!
Ultimately, the fruits of consistency are rewarding. It enables us to shape your life in the direction you desire, to cultivate new habits, and to embrace positive changes. So, strive to be consistent in your pursuits, knowing that each time you show up and put in the effort, you are closer to realizing the transformations you seek.
Do you need help being consistent with a new habit or in resolving past trauma? Set up a free chat to find out how yoga therapy can help you bring consistency to the things that matter most in your life.
And remember, it’s never too late to live healthier & happier!
Becky is a Yoga Therapist & has been teaching yoga since 2006. She loves to match people with a yoga practice that helps them to feel better every day & believes that there is a yoga practice for everyone. Click here to sign up for her mailing list & get all of the important news & tips first!