Let be absolutely honest in this, consistency was one of my biggest weaknesses, but over time it is becoming less and less so, primarily because of these three things I started implementing. First it is worth noting that change doesn’t happen overnight, it simply takes time and action.
I realized I had a problem with consistency the moment it became clear I was a procrastinator, by choice. I enjoyed the thrill of almost not making it but making it at the very last minute. I also realized my self worth meter was very low, so nothing seemed to matter. Despite being a procrastinator and pessimist, I also knew that wasn’t who I truly was. I remember being younger and constantly working on school assignments to get the best grade, being so competitive that I graduated as the valedictorian, then somewhere down the line; Pain and trauma shifted my thinking, and my internal dialogue became jaded.
Wanting to become more consistent is still hard to this day, but each day I’m trying new things, making changes and adjustments, being more flexible instead of being rigid.
- I AM DOING THIS
Commanding your subconscious mind is very powerful, and you can do it; You can act now instead of later. One of the biggest excuse to staying a procrastinator is telling yourself “I’ll do it later.” Why not just do it now? I know it’s hard sometimes to willingly choose a path of discomfort, and I know how it feels to want something to just manifest itself without putting in any effort.
Unfortunately, that’s now how it works. Have you ever heard “God only helps those who help themselves” well I think it’s true. I’ve tried sitting down, doing nothing, wishing for my dreams to come true and you know what? They didn’t! Then I tried taking action and wishing for my dreams to come true, you know what? They did!
I wanted to wake up one day and be a consistent person, a high performing person. So I am taking action.
2. HAVE A PLAN
It’s easier to associate this with working out. Have you ever felt anxiety or stress on your way to the gym? Did you have a written out workout plan for that day, with specific sets, reps and maybe even weights? You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to, this is something that is working for me. Every single workout I have ever skipped was because I felt anxiety when the time came. The anxiety came from not knowing what I was doing, not having a workout plan, not knowing what to focus on.
Here’s a snip it of what my internal dialogue use to be: “Is today a chest day or back day? Am I doing cable flies or lat pull-downs? Oh what about pull-ups? Damn I’ve been wanting to start on those, shit my back is still very weak, damn I could’ve been working on that, but man what about my legs tho, AGH! what about cardio, oh men did I do cardio yesterday?”
The last 2 weeks have been the most amazing days I’ve ever had in the gym and the most consistent, with actual progress in between, because I now have a workout structure for the entire week. I know exactly which exercises I’m doing on, how many sets, reps, what my max weight is on each exercise; And tracking my strength progress. Having a plan is planning for success.
3. KEEP HUMBLE, IT’S OKAY
Advice to myself.
This is simple. Please don’t overload yourself Ibrahim. I know you’ve got the blog, podcast, and YouTube, I know you want to help people and trying to be a personal trainer. I know you’re trying to figure yourself out, but don’t get lost in it, don’t forget who you are and who loves you. Those are your passions and goals; But you’ve got other things that are more important.
You have God in your corner and Jesus in your heart. You have a loving wife and an amazing family, you are blessed. Your goals aren’t going anywhere, focus on each one at a time, but never forget to put God first. If you do forget, please pray on it and ask for forgiveness, then try again.
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