How to Stay Consistent Without the Need for Motivation

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In a world full of distractions and fears of missing out, it’s very hard to be consistent. And when you’ve got the feeling that you are, you can’t even keep that consistency claiming that you’ve lost motivation!

In this article, I talk about how to stay consistent without even being motivated.

Why Motivation not Necessary?

Lacking motivation today and feeling like you want to watch youtube or see your Facebook newsfeed? Bored and have even nothing to do?

Sounds familiar?

We all experienced that feeling. It’s global. Even to successful people who feel the same lack of motivation as everyone.

But. They find a way to show up despite the feeling of boredom. They are focused and consistent.

If watching motivational videos will fuel your energy, it’s momentary! or by the best chance, it can last hours or days, maybe weeks?! Please let me know if some motivational speaking fueled your energy for months!

What makes us consistent is the habits we practice regularly that build the muscle of the desired skill we want to be consistent with.

If that muscle is strong enough, you won’t need motivation.

Two components you must have to be consistent:

  1. Habits
  2. Those habits are satisfactory

Let’s see how to make each one:

Habit formation

Let’s see first how a habit is formed to understand how it is ingrained into your brain that can allow you to change formed patterns or create new habits which can develop self-discipline and consistency.

The science of habits shows that a habit consists of three components: cue, routine, and reward. Cue is the key that triggers you to make that habit which can be a visual trigger, a time of the day, a sequence of thoughts, or an emotional state.

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The reward is the feeling you get after doing the routine which can be a specific meal you love, a good word you want to hear, a physical sensation you get, or feeling proud of what you have accomplished.

Before building that habit, you need to first set a goal. But how?

Redefine your goals

The problem is that we focus on goals associated with results and we forget to put systems associated with processed to achieve those results. Focus on systems instead of goals!

Redefine your goal by setting a timeline narrowed down in scope. For example, let’s say you have a blog and you want to increase the number of visitors. A potential goal you can set there is to “double your views in two months”.

Don’t say, ‘increase views in two months’ because by saying just increase you leave it open. So be more specific and narrow your scope.

Also, don’t set it like this ‘Double your views’. By that, you left it open to time. Rather, ask yourself when exactly should you double the views? next decade?!

And it’s important to focus on just one thing that matters the most. Here is how.

Focus on just ONE thing

In Gary Keller’s book The ONE Thing he stated, Look for just “one” thing that you can do so that everything else would be easier or unnecessary.

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You might ask:

Why do some people seem to get so much more done than others?

Short answer: They go small.

The one thing exists in many fields. For example in business: there should be one product, one service. KFC: chicken. Google: search. Even companies grew and started investing in more products, those companies started with just ONE product or ONE service.

If today your company doesn’t know what is ONE Thing is, then the company’s ONE Thing is to find out.

Start small

We always get excited at the beginning of something new and have high hopes.

That’s what BJ Fogg shows in Behavioral Design Lab at Stanford.

Starting small is very promising in the long run. Say you want to be consistent in reading every day. Start with 10 minutes a day!

While 10 minutes seems trivial to you, please keep doing it until it becomes second nature, and then you can take that 10 minutes to the next level and increase 10 minutes further day by day until you feel more confident.

Keeping more consistency can get you very motivated and feeling confident about what you’re doing which makes it hard for you to keep developing your behavior in terms of time and using your brain 🧠 to process that much information.

So you start with the simplest level that you’re able to do and be consistent in doing it for some days until you’re used to it. After your confidence level is increased, you can build upon it and start tuning in the ability axis and make it harder until you reach a level that you can do daily.

After the habit is formed and you started to realize that it’s already ingrained, beware that you might break the chain and miss a day!

Before any misses, you need to know to own your time and create a schedule. Here is how?

Block your schedule

Respect your time! Time is the most important asset you have in this world.

Learn to say “no” to an invitation to something that would be considered shallow work! By shallow work, I mean some events that can interrupt your deep work (I mean when you’re focused).

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