The other day, I reached 1,000 workouts tracked on my GymHero app. That’s more than three years consistently going to the gym. I say this not to brag but to point out the importance of being consistent. If you want to be successful at anything, you need to be consistent. If you want to achieve important goals, you need to work at it every day.
It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” – Tony Robbins
One of the best books I have read on this topic is Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff. In it, he talks about the importance of consistency. He also points out that the enemy of consistency is perfectionism. Perfectionism will tell you to quit if you don’t have a perfect day on your diet or you miss a workout. Acuff stresses the secret to hitting our goals is to keep moving forward every day, especially the “day after perfect,” when our results underperform our aspirations.
“The harder you try to be perfect, the less likely you’ll accomplish your goals.” – Jon Acuff
Acuff provides humorous and practical advice on how to beat perfectionism and learn how to make long-lasting change. He tells us that we will be more successful if we simply relax and develop a tolerance for imperfection. If you skip a workout, no problem, just start again tomorrow. If you cheat on a meal, don’t cheat again that day. The key to finishing is to just keep moving forward consistently.