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Why Restart matters
How thinking about consistency differently can help us achieve our goals
It has been a few years since I have gotten into fitness; honestly, it’s something that comes second nature to me now. I can never go without doing a workout to end my day now. And this feeling is something that I’d say, took a really long time to develop. And if I were to think of the reason now, how was I able to do it? I’d say Restart.
Often times I have seen so many people making goals and being excited about pushing them through, but after some time they just give up. And it’s not just with fitness but goals could be work-related, knowledge related, and more. One thing that I have heard most commonly has been, “I am not able to be consistent and if I am not consistent I don’t think it will help me.”
I am sure a lot of my readers as well might have experienced this in some sense or another, but where does this definition of consistency come from? Does being consistent mean that you need to work out every day and you cannot take a break? Or does it mean that you need to do things 5 times a week, 6 times a week, etc?
This is actually how I used to think as well. It’s always easier to start things but the day we start, to the day we become consistent, are the hardest. And it makes sense because your body/mind is going through things that you have never done/experienced. This is where one is most likely to give up and stop and lose out on all the progress they made.
Now if we start thinking of every day as a new experience and no matter if we didn’t do anything for the last 4 days. The 5th day is when we can restart it again. This is how one can actually get into being consistent. without thinking/focussing on being consistent.
Consistency, if you think about it, is being able to do things for a long duration.
Now, if you were to reflect back on your past year and see if you worked out every day, I am pretty sure it wouldn’t matter to you at all. But if the overview of the year has fitness ingrained into it, that’s going to be something of immense pride for sure.
Find a deeper meaning as to why you want to work out. Don’t follow it because other people are doing it, because that is when your internal motivation won’t last as long.