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The effects of good habits are often only present after a period of consistency.
However, many of us find ourselves in a cycle that goes somewhat like this:
The Dopamine Spike - We become extremely motivated and feel compelled to start. However, this doesn’t do anything to bring consistency to our goals.
The Failure - The initial motivation begins to subside with time and eventually failure takes place, bringing shame and frustration.
There are several reasons for why we fail to achieve consistency:
The idea that once you make a mistake, you might as well just go all out and get back on track later. This is extremely common when people are attempting to break bad habits.
This can eventually result in a complete loss of self-control related to the habit, as well as shame and hopelessness.
To overcome this, establish a stronger reason for why you are doing something by imagining the future if you never achieved it. You can write it down to reread every time you need a boost of motivation.
Learn from your past mistakes, and try to grow from them.
“You act like the person you conceive yourself to be.”
If you subconsciously don’t believe in yourself, then you will unconsciously find yourself making decisions that align with that view and sabotage your progress.
This can be combatted through the process of visualization.
Envision the best case scenario and imagine how it would feel if you reached the goal or if you had a month, a year, five years, etc. of the consistency you desire. Write it down and take the time to really dwell on it.
After doing that, sit and visualize as if it already happened and you finally achieved your goal, allowing yourself to bask in those emotions.
Visualizing, especially repeatedly, will cause your subconscious to think as if what you want has already happened, which will cause you to carry out more conscious and subconscious actions towards consistency.
As you make progress, it will begin to further reinforce your self-image and compound to the point where you, to an extent, reinvent yourself.
Another reason you could be struggling is that you keep obsessing over your streak of consistency, which constantly reminds you of what you’re trying to avoid and may push your mind towards it even more.
Try to avoid continuously dwelling on the past, and work on being more present in the current moment.
The harsh truth: You have to accept that everything that happens in your life is 100% your responsibility. You can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can control your reaction.
Learn to acknowledge your mistakes and not tolerate excuses.
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