Want to know the number one ingredient to achieving your goals? Some people think it’s striking it lucky and going viral over night. Others think it’s being in the right place at the right time. While both of these things can be true, they’re not the most common nor number one ingredient to achieving your goals. Let’s dig in.
So what is the number one ingredient to achieving your goals?
In the words of Taylor Swift – are you ready for it? CONSISTENCY! Consistency is the number one ingredient. It’s defined as conformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy, or fairness.
Success is a bunch a little wins along the way. So if we were to apply this in real life it would look like practicing the same positive habits and behaviors over and over that get us closer to our goals.
In my last post I talked about how you can use consistency to show up for yourself. Today we’ll talk about ways to use it to achieve your goals.
Morning routine for achieving goals
Over the last year I’ve been learning a lot abut morning routines and practicing my own regularly. I wrote about it here.
Consistently having a morning routine you practice helps level set your day for success. Creating habits like drinking water, reading or meditating are great ways to get in a good headspace for the day.
Most of us aren’t ready to jump right into work the moment we wake up so it’s important to do something that clears our mind. Doing this will allow more productivity in your day because you will have less brain fog when you start working.
I personally like waking up an hour earlier than the kids so I can have some much needed quiet/me time. I’m not a morning person so I built in time to wake up, rather than rolling out of bed the same time they do and not being the best version of myself for them.
Whatever the case may be for you, start small with one new positive habit you can start your day off right with. Eventually you’ll create a routine and you’ll look forward to that morning time. It’s still hard for me to get up when that alarm goes off but I’m so thankful I do every time.
Use time management tools to help you stay consistent
One of the best things I’ve done to help achieve my goals is use time management tools.
My favorite app is Trello. I talk in more detail about it here, but it saves me so much time and allows me to check off items as I go throughout my day. It’s a visual tool that is good for project management, daily tasks, group collaborations and so on.
I organize each new day by creating items with pictures on several different “boards” on my account. To give you an example, here is a list of boards I created and use regularly:
- Daily planner
- Brand management
- Social media
Using tools like Trello have greatly improved my efficiency and productivity throughout the day. They keep me on task and allow me to focus my attention where it needs to be.
Reward yourself after achieving a goal
One of the biggest ways we can stay consistent is to reward ourselves along the way. It’s important to celebrate the wins.
Rewarding reinforces the behavior and program’s your brain to want to do more of it. Consistency and rewards go hand in hand and will motivate you to strive for more achievement.
Here are a few examples of rewarding yourself:
- Take the day off
- Take a nice long bath with your favorite candles and a glass of wine or your drink of choice
- Hire a cleaning service (we did this recently for a one time clean and it was the best decision ever!)
- Buy a useful book
- Buy something for your house
Consistency is key and the number one ingredient to achieving your goals! Remember that the next time you feel like quitting. You will thank yourself that you didn’t quit and if you’re looking for a sign – here it is! Go after it.
Was this helpful to you? I’d love to hear what you do to achieve your tasks and goals.
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