I was going to write about consistency today. Then, I saw the post by @gabrielgreco that concreted that decision.
Consistency is an amazing thing.
I'm reminded of an incredible interview with Simon Sinek that really emphasises the point about consistency. I've not even rewatched this. I don't need to. I know it's gold. I would recommend watching or reading everything involving Sinek. I even have a Trello card with a quote from him that helps me stay motivated sometimes.
Sinek says (and I'm paraphrasing) individual actions can be pointless on their own. It's the accumulation of all the little things that make you great and make you achieve your goals.
Brushing your teeth once does nothing. Brushing your teeth every day is where you see clean teeth and gums. Exercising once does nothing. Exercising regularly will eventually get you into shape.
This is why I like to build in little habits into my routine that will help me achieve all my goals. Some days, I feel worthless and like my goals will never happen or they're too far away. Other days, I'm pumped and can take on the world.
This is where challenges come in. With consistency, you can get complacent.
I've been doing Race At Your Pace, where I've been running 25 miles per miles. I've definitely been complacent at 25. I would often skip work outs, even entire weeks. I was challenged to do 50 miles in July.
I worked out, running 5k every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, adds up to 43.4 miles in July. If I stick to my planned routine, then I'm almost there already.
This challenge was the kick up the ass I needed.