You Can Be Consistent And Undisciplined

Discipline vs. consistency

Discipline: A controlled behavior; self-control.
Consistency: Local coherence. Correspondence or compatibility. Reliability or uniformity; the quality of being consistent.

If you aim for more stability and lasting change for the better, you need to be consistent with things you need to do in addition to achieve this.

You don’t need a military strict discipline for it though. This goes for literally everything in life. Also, you don’t need to be consistent in everything you do, to see yourself as consistent.

For example: I’m very consistent with my exercise. Do I work out every single day at the same time and do the same exercise? Of course not.
I do workout regularly though. I go at least for a walk daily and I do strength training at least 3 times per week. For 7 years now.
I eat healthily, but I don’t watch my calories strictly, because I’m not aiming for a bikini body competition nor am I feeding my past eating disorders. My goal is to feel good and stay healthy, which I do.

There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to consistency. Or Discipline.

You can change your mind. If something doesn’t work for you, well there is no point in sticking to it, even though it might work for others.

I’ll be honest with you, consistency isn’t my forte in some areas, no matter how hard I try. I never achieved good financial independence because of that. Apart from this, I actually achieved many of my goals. I can be very disciplined with some things (even too disciplined) and very undisciplined with others. What about you?

I’m consistent with changing my mind a lot and doing lots of different things.
Can this be good?
This can help you to live your life to the fullest. It helps you to try and learn more. You might fail in other areas because of it, which matters just as much as these things matter to you.

You can be more consistent if you set yourself a meaningful and achievable goal.

Speaking of meaningful, I’ve decided to make my last challenge permanent. I can’t see much good in it for me if I stick to it just for a week. Who’s with me? 🙂

At the end of the day, both consistency and discipline matter. It’s completely up to you to decide what would you like to be consistent and disciplined with more and what less.
We all die at the end, and you can only do so much in one life.

What would you like to be consistent/disciplined with more and why? How can you achieve this?

Sources:
Discipline vs. consistency
Why it’s not always good to be consistent

8 thoughts on “You Can Be Consistent And Undisciplined”

  1. Lampelina,
    Great post! I, too, struggle with consistency. I have been wanting to commit to sunrise and sunset yoga, Even if it is only 10-15 mins. I have scouted out all the great potential spots, picked out music, basically planned everything, and have only managed to do it once. 🙁 I know a lot of it has to do with my severe depression and intense anxiety. So, I tell myself you should do this because it’ll help with your depression and your anxiety, among other things. Plus, you enjoy this, it’ll be fun! All the self-pep talks…yet, nothing, nada. Suggestions? I’m at a loss.

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    • I don’t know. You can ask yourself again if you really want to do this because you really enjoy doing it. Or are there any other reasons? Do you want to like this, but it just doean’t fit you?
      You can try other things instead of yoga or just give yourself some more time. A therapist might help you much more with this. Do you work with one?

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  2. Maja, this is a timely post for me. I must say, I admire that you do strength training. I have been wanting to get back to the gym. I do a lot of walking but strength training has a load of benefit.
    This is timely because I have been practicing guitar and I had to change my “all or nothing” attitude about it. I wouldn’t touch practice if I did not have energy for a mega-practice session of at least 2 hours with a bunch of songs, scales and shit.
    I changed my attitude to where it’s more important to show up every day, even if it’s only 15 minutes or an hour. Like even if I am exhausted or unmotivated (like last night) show up and change the routine by using that brief time to learn something new.
    So like last night all I did was learn a new song / chord progression after doing some warm up scales. I think this can be applied to other things in life. If bored to tears and tired, dial back the time investment and use brief time window to learn something new in order to stimulate dopamine (helps retain interest) and then realize that in the near future there will be a day of excited motivation. Realize it’s just around the corner, maybe a few days or a week.
    This could be applied to something like working out. Shorter session, work different muscle groups.
    Because it’s easy to say “Not today!!!” and then the further we (people) get away from routine the easier it is to fall off, and the harder it is to pick back up.
    Things throw a wrench in plans like mental health conditions. So at the same time if one really needs a day off to catch up on sleep or something, practicing self compassion and taking a day off as long as it’s only one day.

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    • Indeed, showing up matters. Sometimes shorter sessions work even better. It’s something my coach recommended to me too. If you can’t do a 30 minute session at once, you can split it in 2 or more parts and do more later in the day. Or just do 5 minutes today and zero on your rest days. The same goes for guitar and other things, like you’ve said.

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      • Yeah. And walking outside for 20 minutes in the morning when it’s the last thing you want to do. Just did that 😉. I am waiting for the day when I wake up all excited and say, “Gee, I want to walk outside in the cold ass air before work!” Heh heh heh. I can dream.

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  3. It’s easier as a 73 year o;d to look back and evaluate. I have always had rigid self discipline but I am also a “spur of the moment” person which has often alarmed people when I seem to do something out of character. I always said it was good to keep people guessing. I didn’t make a great success of my life but I had a few battles. Hopefully I at least did not hurt anyone. Certainly never on purpose. I couldn’t begin to say what would work in today’s society. I would be lost. It’s a tough time to be young, clearly.

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