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The Secret Ingredient

Linda Truong Mansell
By Linda Truong Mansell

When it comes to health and wellness, I have the secret for you. Be prepared to accept what I am about to tell you. It’s more than setting goals, hiring a coach, or signing up for a challenge to hold you accountable.

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It’s CONSISTENCY. It’s the consistent daily action you take towards what you want whether it’s to lose 10 lbs of weight or to be able to run a marathon. Goals are often times overwhelming when you think about how far you are from where you want to be. My boss always tells me “Don’t focus on the number, focus on the activity.” The same hold true in your own personal life. Although setting goals is a great start to create positive changes, don’t just focus on the scale or the goal. Focus on what habits we need to perform consistently.

Consistency is the key ingredient is a recipe for success in any endeavor. Looking back at all my achievable moments, I create habits that made my goals obtainable. Resistance in momentum that is makes it very difficult to start your fitness journey. Find your motivation and inspiration from others to give yourself a jump start to ignite that fire. For some of us, eventually the fire burns out and you’re left with where you started. That’s why consistency in that BEHAVIOR is paramount to maintaining that momentum.

When I first wanted to get more fit about 10 years ago, I signed up for several running races. It was difficult to wake up at 5:30am to get my miles in before a work day, and I missed several days during the week. Week after week, year after year, I made progress by pushing myself a little further than before. I ran my first marathon in 2008 as a bucket list item to check off once and for all. Little did I know that my consistency in running led me to running not only marathons but to run ultra marathons up to 167 miles at a given time. I am able to stay lean throughout the year with little fluctuations. This little secret has allowed me to train and build endurance and speed over the years. I get up consistently at 4:30am to 5am to run without much effort since it’s become a habit. Of course, there are days when your body requires and deserve extra rest and sleep which are built into my weekly routine. One of the best thing about this consistent habit has allowed me to execute in other areas of life at a high level of energy and productivity.

If you had to choose one habit to be consistent at on a routine basis, what habit would it be and where could it lead you in 5 years?


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