The past year has been incredibly inconsistent for us all, affecting us personally and professionally. While much is out of our collective control, we can take steps as professionals to establish consistency for this year.
Why consistency, you ask?
In the words of Dwayne Johnson, “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”
Consistency for 2021 and beyond starts NOW! Check out our simple suggestions below for a consistent and successful year!
Establish a Goal
Mentally prepare yourself by identifying a goal you would like to achieve this year. Ensure that your goal is SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based. We recommend writing your plan down on paper and placing it where you can see it regularly!
Make a Plan
Once your goal is determined, you’ll need to decide what needs to be done to accomplish that goal. Your “to-do list” may be lofty, but remember that you do not have to do everything at once.
Prioritize the order in which your tasks need to be finished, and make a schedule or timeline to keep you on track.
Establish Habits and Routines
Build daily habits that will help you accomplish your goal. Start simple—you cannot change everything in one day. As time goes on, you can evolve and build upon your existing habits.
Stay consistent! We find that habits stick more easily when they are performed at the same time and place each day.
Maintain Your Focus
For your daily habits to be effective, you must eliminate unnecessary distractions when possible.
This can be difficult, but remind yourself that you will not make excuses.
Hold yourself accountable for the tasks you need to complete. After all, we become what we do daily.
Remember to focus on the short term with the long term in mind. Success and instant gratification do not often go hand-in-hand. Stay the course, and success is sure to follow.