Staying Consistent: Overcoming Common Obstacles



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June 25, 2024

Consistency has been something that has truly changed my life…

From waking up at 4:45 a.m. and working out and competing in fitness shows in two countries. 

Consistency has always played a critical role in my successes and failures…

Staying consistent in your daily routines and habits can be challenging, but it's essential for achieving long-term goals and success. 

Many people struggle with consistency due to various obstacles that can arise. 

Let's explore some common challenges and practical ways to overcome them.

1. Procrastination

Why it happens:

Procrastination often occurs when tasks feel overwhelming, or we lack motivation.

It’s easy to put off tasks that seem difficult or boring.

How to overcome it:

Break it down:

Divide larger tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks. This makes the task less daunting and easier to start.

Set a timer:

Use the Pomodoro technique. Work for 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute break. Repeat this cycle to maintain focus without feeling overwhelmed.

Reward yourself:

Give yourself a small reward after completing a task or a work session to stay motivated.

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2. Distractions

Why it happens:

In our busy lives, distractions are everywhere, from social media notifications to household chores.

These interruptions can easily derail your focus and consistency.

How to overcome it:

Create a dedicated workspace:

Set up a quiet, organized area where you can work without interruptions.

Use apps:

Utilize apps that block distracting websites or limit your time on social media.

Set boundaries:

Let family and friends know your work hours and ask them to minimize interruptions during those times.

3. Lack of Motivation

Why it happens:

Motivation can wane for various reasons, such as boredom, lack of progress, or simply feeling tired.

How to overcome it:

Find your why:

Remind yourself why you started and what you hope to achieve. Keeping the end goal in mind can reignite your motivation.

Stay positive:

Focus on your progress rather than perfection. Celebrate small victories along the way.

Mix it up:

Change your routine or try new methods to keep things interesting and prevent boredom.

4. Unclear Goals

Why it happens:

If your goals are vague or undefined, staying focused and consistent is hard.

How to overcome it:

Set SMART goals:

Ensure your goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This clarity helps maintain focus and direction.

Write it down:

Document your goals and refer to them regularly. This helps keep you accountable and reminds you of your commitments.

Track progress:

Keep a journal or use an app to track your progress towards your goals. Seeing your advancement can boost your motivation to stay consistent.

5. Burnout

Why it happens:

Overworking without taking breaks can lead to burnout, making it difficult to maintain consistency.

How to overcome it:

Take regular breaks:

Schedule breaks throughout your day to rest and recharge. Short breaks can boost your productivity and prevent burnout.

Prioritize self-care:

Ensure you get enough sleep, eat well, and engage in activities you enjoy. Taking care of your mental and physical health is crucial for sustained consistency.

Learn to say no:

Don’t overcommit. Focus on what’s important, and don’t be afraid to say no to additional tasks that can lead to being overwhelmed.


Staying consistent is essential for achieving your goals, but it’s normal to face obstacles along the way. 

By recognizing these challenges and implementing practical strategies to overcome them, you can maintain consistency and progress steadily toward your objectives. 

Remember, consistency is not about perfection—it's about making a continual effort and staying committed, even when things get tough.

As the saying goes, done is better than perfect. So it’s time to start doing and stop worrying about perfection. 

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Chris M Wilson

Chris Wilson is a keynote speaker, CTI coach, and entrepreneur. Through his Hover to Fly framework, he aims to impact the next generation in their careers and lives.

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