The thing about giving it your best shot ...and actually stick to it

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I often wonder (as I’m sure you have too, at some point) why I can’t seem to stick to something for long enough. What is it about the easy road that keeps pulling me? Don’t get me wrong, I will actually finish a task if I plan to, but I end up using months, sometimes years to accomplish what I could’ve crossed out in weeks.

What makes this more puzzling is that I am actually a very high-achieving person. So, this on and off business wasn’t cutting it for me. This year, I set out to find a solution to my half-arse nature and I’m happy to say, It’s been very rewarding. 

I’ve been all about the experiments – In my business, Career and Personal Life – and for the most part, I’ve been giving it my best shot (Read my previous post on how I’m making sure things are different in 2022). This is what I’ve come to realise:

Consistency and Frequency are NOT the same thing

In giving it your best shot, being consistent is Key. Consistency is continuity. It’s making sure you don’t quit that good habit you started. It’s ensuring that even if you take a break along the way, you get back on track.

Frequency is just the number of times you do that particular thing.

I have learnt that focusing on repeating the habit is more important than counting how many times you do it – especially if you’re a busybody like myself (who isn’t?)

For example as a business owner, consistency can mean making ONE post every week talking about your products rather than following “acclaimed gurus” who tell you to post 3X per day 7days a week.

The thing about being focused on frequency is, it’s easy to become burnt out – to think that you’re failing if you’re not showing up everyday in your business. When perhaps, one detailed, well done post per week will be more engaging and reach your target customers better than 4 half-done posts. 

This is my scale-up tip to you in giving it your best shot: Find your rhythm. Work out what’s doable for you as a person. Whether it’s in running your business, losing weight or reading more books. Start small, working on being consistent (I started reading 15mins and meditating 3 mins a day). Once you figure that out, you can worry about frequency – in this case, how many times you repeat the habit in a week.

Confession:

After 67 days of consistency with my 15 mins read, I fell off the wagon for about a week. However I picked it up with little effort and I’m back on day 11 as this post publishes. The point? Once you establish consistency with whatever habit you’re trying to cultivate, it becomes a part of you and trust me when I say, you’ll win at it.

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