4 building blocks of consistency


Day 3, and I’m still thinking about consistency. Probably because I’m wondering how I’m going to make this habit of recording a daily video consistent, but I said I would try to do it, so here’s 3 days in a row. Here’s 4 ideas for building more consistency in any new habit that you are trying to create. For me, it’s recording a daily video, or writing daily, or reading daily, or whatever the habit might be.

The first idea is to stack it with something that you do daily. I hope most of you shower daily or brush your teeth daily, or something like that. Hopefully that’s part of your morning routine, it might be part of your evening routine, whichever. If you want to build a new habit, pair it with one of those things that you already do daily, and maybe even do it before you do that daily thing. That way, it’s reinforced by something that’s already a habit. Commit to it publicly. Those of you that are watching these videos or are reading the emails, you know that this is a goal that I have and I’m trying to do this because I’m hoping it’ll help somebody.

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Make it measurable. Making one video a day for however long I decide to do this, that’s measurable. Walking 10,000 steps a day. If you wanted to do that, or drinking 2 liters of water a day, or whatever habit you want to establish, make it measurable just like would a goal. Also, reward yourself, do something that feels good to you, that is reinforcing and rewarding for being consistent. Doing what you said you were going to do, following through on your commitments. Maybe it’s a snack, maybe it’s, you get an extra coffee, do something to reward yourself, whatever it is.

If you appreciate these videos, if you like this new format, where things are going, please comment below, that is helpful right now. Tomorrow is going to be a harder day to make a video, it’s the day that I’m traveling, starting my trip to Ohio, to go and pick up my brother’s remains and bring him home. Not going to be a fun day, but I’m hoping that I will still be able to come up with something that is useful for anybody who is interested in seeing this. Thank you, and have a good night.

By Dan

Founder, Executive Director, Mental Health Counselor at Restored Life Counseling