In a loud world filled with millions of distractions, staying focused on one's goals can seem nearly impossible. Distractions are obstacles that have to be avoided on the path to reaching any goal, no matter what it may be. We are faced with two constants which will give us the best opportunity to reach our goals if utilized correctly. These constants are Consistency and Determination.
ConsistencyConsistency is defined as the steadfast adherence to the same course of action. Without consistency, reaching any medium to long-term goal will be impossible. Consistency allows us to focus on the path forward and create an environment that ensures the success of reaching our goal. When most people think of consistency, they think of a diet or workout regimen, and for good reason. Muscle Gain and Fat Loss both rely heavily on consistency, because without it neither are possible. A great way to think about the importance of consistency is the following line of thinking:
Nobody ever lost fat by eating well once per week, and nobody ever gained fat by eating poorly once per week.
This idea shows that only actions we consistently adhere to have a long-term effect on reaching our goals. This is why being consistent is so important, and also difficult. Many people do not reach their goals because of the inability to avoid distractions and repeat the same actions day in and day out. And consistency alone is still not enough. The determination and passion to succeed are just as essential as consistency.
Determination is defined as a positive emotional feeling that involves persevering towards a difficult goal in spite of obstacles. No matter what you want to achieve in life, there will never be a strategy that leads to success better than good, old-fashioned hard work and determination. Without determination, there are no broken records, no innovation, and in the fitness environment, no 6 pack abs or 315-pound bench press. It is the ability to overcome adversity and pursue a goal to completion, no matter how long it takes or how difficult it is. Despite the difficulties, persevering through hardships and setbacks make the achievement that much better in the end.