Consistency Trumps Perfection
Making changes, whether it's in your business or personal life, has to involve action. Thinking about what you want to improve is useful at the very beginning, but nothing will actually change unless you do something about it.
Don't wait until you feel ready
A common obstacle to making progress is feeling like you have to be completely ready before you start. This is a myth! Yes, you need to have a rough idea of where you want to get to and some specific goals in mind, but if you don't start, you risk procrastinating and, eventually, stagnating.
Take the process of getting fit as an example. You wake up and can't face going to the gym, but you force yourself to go and end up feeling ten times better. No matter whether you want to go to the gym or not, if you go, you will improve your fitness level. It's inevitable. It's those little, consistent steps that lead you to where you want to be.
Repetition forms habits
Action has to be consistent to produce results. The more you do something, the more natural it feels. Apparently it takes, on average, 66 days for a new behaviour to become automatic. It becomes integrated into your life and you end up doing it without thinking. When you're starting out, rituals and routines are helpful. They'll create associations in your mind and get your brain into gear. Leaving reminders in your environment is a great way to spur yourself on.
Focus on the DOING. Funnel your energy into taking action regularly and making small but consistent changes. If you concentrate on the process, the results will take care of themselves.
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