Three Misconceptions About Consistency You Must Know
Is maintaining your routine a struggle for you? Remaining consistent is a challenge but it’s doable. Confidence with consistency comes when you can first recognize the mental roadblocks getting in your way. In this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast, I share some ways you may be thinking of consistency that could be hindering your progress.
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Ashley Brown 0:00
[Intro] Routines, my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you're working on getting there. But either way, I strongly believe routines can be a springboard for improving your home, yourself and your life. I'm Ashley Brown and this is the Routine and Things podcast. In each episode, I'll share practical tips and simple ways to help you consistently live your happiest life, one routine at a time. Trust me, you're gonna want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.
Ashley Brown 0:49
Hey, girl, welcome back for another episode. In today's episode, we're going to be talking about three misconceptions about consistency, you must know. So these are misconceptions that are thrown out about consistency, that if you continue to think about consistency in these ways, and then you are doing yourself more harm than good. And so we're going to be getting into that.
Ashley Brown 1:12
So before we get into that I wanted to share about the Purpose Driven Moms Summit that is going to be happening March 22nd through March 26th. And this summit is all about how you can use routines to streamline your life as a busy mom. That is what this summit is going to be helping you to do, which you heard what I said, I said routines. So you know that I am going to be at this event, speaking about routines. I'm specifically speaking about the morning routine, which I am so happy to help you all with morning routines, because I'm going to be sharing some things that you have probably never considered when it comes to your morning. So I'm super excited about that. But then there are also a range of other moms that are sharing their wealth of knowledge surrounding routines, how you can use routines to strengthen your relationship with God. How you can use routines in order to, you know, change your motherhood narrative. How you can use routines for your finances. I mean, the list goes on and on. And this summit is going to be amazing. And I'm super excited to be a part of this, especially because it is surrounding routines, which is my love language. So if you want to check out the Purpose Driven Moms Summit, learn more about it and sign up, you can do so by clicking the link in the show notes. I would love to see you there.
Ashley Brown 2:35
So let's go ahead and get into today's episode. So for today, I'm going to be sharing with you an IG live that I did some months back. But what I shared in this slide is still relevant today, it's still going to help you to maintain your routines because how you think about consistency closely aligns with how your routines flow, and if you are able to maintain them. And there are three huge misconceptions that are shared about consistency that I hear often that I want to shut down today. So let's go ahead and get into it.
Ashley Brown 3:09
From the title of this, you can tell I'm talking about three misconceptions about consistency that I want to share with you today because frankly, I'm honestly getting tired of hearing so many misconceptions about consistency. And I feel like so many people are like I'm not consistent, and I'm like, hold up, hold up home girl but you are. So I want to talk about that today. So welcome. Before I get started, my name is Ashley Brown and I help women consistently live their happiest lives. And that's through my business Routine and Things which I absolutely adore. And I love the work that I do. So I'm here to help you live the life that you want to build the way you want in life and consistently do that. That's the key to this consistently.
Ashley Brown 3:56
So I want to talk about three misconceptions about consistency that I hear on a frequent basis that I'm pretty tired of hearing. And I also want to try to shift how you feel about being consistent. Because I want you to know you are, no matter if you feel like you're not. You are consistent. I'm going to share with you how today. But let's start off with the first misconception that I hear all the time. And that is "oh no, like, I'm too like, I like to go with the flow too much to be consistent. Like I'm not good with being consistent because I like to go with the flow." Like that's the one I always hear a lot. And when I hear that I'm like, oh really. You go with the flow and you feel like you're not consistent. No, but you are I'm like, I bet you you do a lot of things consistently. I'm like, I bet you go to Target every week. I bet you feed your children every day. So when people are like, "oh, I'm just to go with the flow, to be able to be consistent like I struggle with it because I go with the flow." I'm like, no, not really, though. Not really, though. So I really want you to start thinking about why do you even believe that? Like, why do you not believe that you can go with the flow and be consistent? Why does it have to be one or the other, because it doesn't have to be. You can go with the flow, right? Because life is beautiful sometimes when we go with the flow, right? That's when we really feel the beauty of life, we're going with the flow. But also, it's important that we understand that just because we're going with the flow, right, to enjoy life, the way that we want to doesn't mean that we cannot have, we cannot stay consistent in the things that we're doing in life.
Ashley Brown 5:41
I want you to truly understand that, because you can be consistent, and you are consistent, already. So just like thinking about, you know, get that out of your head, like just because you feel like you want to go with the flow in life, you can go with the flow and be consistent. Like, I'm not always around here planning everything. You don't have to plan everything to the tee, in order to be consistent in your life. Like, you don't have to be planning out everything you're doing with every second of the day, you can go with the flow and still be able to be consistent. So consistency doesn't mean that you can't go with the flow. Right? Because even in you being able to free flow through life, you are consistent. Okay? So I want you to understand that get that out of your head, just because you might be someone that's like, a free bird, right? That just likes to float on off like a feather in the wind, does not mean that you are not good with being consistent. Okay, because you are, you are, you do a lot of things consistently. If you took some time, write down on paper, everything you're consistent with, you'll be like, oh, shoot, she's right. Maybe you should do that today.
Ashley Brown 6:54
The second misconception that I hear a lot is being consistent is hard work. And I'm not gonna say that being consistent doesn't take effort. Because it does, especially when it comes to doing something new. I want to share that with you, when it comes to trying to be more consistent with something that is new or change, right? A change in the way you flow. Yes, consistency takes effort. But also what consistency takes is practice. Right? Because if you ask anybody right now, like if you go out and ask someone that that is a runner, right? They run, they run marathons, and you ask them like, oh, were you consistent? When you first started, like really consistent? They're probably gonna be like, No, you have to practice becoming consistent with things, it's not going to come second nature to you because you're creating basically a new habit in the sense when you are trying to build up consistency with something. So understanding that consistency doesn't have to be hard. It can be really simple. But it's all about practicing, right? doing that thing that you want to become consistent with, like doing it even like knowing that you're not going to be perfect with this as well. Like, it's important for you to understand that.
Ashley Brown 8:16
Consistency doesn't have to be hard. It doesn't have to feel hard, because like I've just put up put up a post about that the other day. I shared, does brushing your teeth every day feel hard? Does taking a shower every day feel hard? No, we have we are super consistent with things like that. So it doesn't have to feel hard. It's about doing it. Right. Because you value whatever it is that you're doing, and doing that thing that you value, because you know, right, if you don't brush your teeth, you'll be walking around with stank breathe, so that's why we brush our teeth every day. Nobody wants to have tarte breathe, right? So that is why we're consistent, right? It's value to that we take a shower every day, because we don't want to walk around smelling funky. It's a value to what we are doing. So when you attach a value to what you are doing, it no longer becomes something that feels so hard to do. Right? It can be super simple. So that's just something I wanted to share as well. Understand that consistency does not have to be hard. Yes, it takes effort. Yes, it takes practice. But it ain't got to be hard. It doesn't have to be hard.
Ashley Brown 9:32
And the third misconception that I hear about consistency is it means you have to do it every day, like people think oh, I'm not consistent if I don't do the thing every day. It's like really that's not even the definition of consistency, doing something every day. Like, you don't have to do things every day in order to be consistent with them. It's just about doing it on a regular basis. Doing it on a regular basis is consistency. But maybe you're thinking about you want to start something and you're like well, I don't know, if I'm gonna be able to be consistent with that can't do it every day. Like, for one, that's not what consistency is, it's just doing it on a regular basis on a regular occurrence. So, understand consistency, does that mean every day. I don't do my routines every single day, okay. I do my morning routine, usually four to five times a week, I do my tidy routine, probably, well, I do my tidy routine almost every day because I, you know, I can't be having stuff cluttered around here. Because my mind gotta stay strong. But I do you know, like, I don't do my routines every single day. I do them enough to where they serve me. And so you have to decide what does that mean for you? Right? How much do you need to do that thing in order for it to bring some value to your life in order to help you feel good in your life. So consistency does not mean every day.
Ashley Brown 10:57
So I wanted to share that with y'all I want to share those three misconceptions, one that even if you go with the flow person, you can still be consistent, and you can still be consistent because you are now currently in your life. The second misconception is that consistency is hard and it does not have to be. It can be simple. It can be doable. And the third misconception is that you have to do every day. No, that is not the definition of consistency. Just because like you can be consistent and do something three times a week. That is consistency. Okay? So stop thinking about things like that. And stop thinking in those ways, because that's limiting you from feeling the way you want to feel in life. Because when you can become consistent in your life, that's a superpower for you, like, for real. Consistency becomes simple. Let me share this with you. Consistency becomes simple. When you recognize the value of what you're doing. You recognize the value in what you are doing. So if right now you're struggling to be consistent. Are you recognizing the value of what you're doing? Have you really sat down to understand and like think about how is this adding and benefiting me in my life? But like I say it remember, you are consistent.
Ashley Brown 12:17
Alright, so that's it for this episode. Those are the three misconceptions. I hope now you have a better understanding of consistency. What's really going to help you maintain your routines and how not to think about consistency. If you enjoy today's episode, be sure to take a screenshot tag me on Instagram @routineandthings. Also, if you have not subscribed to the podcast, go ahead and hit that subscribe button. Podcast release every single Monday. I'm chatting it up with you at the start of your week, which I thoroughly enjoy and I hope you are too and be sure to rate and review the show while you're there as well. Continue to enjoy wherever you are and wherever you're doing, girl. I will talk to you next week.
Ashley Brown 12:57
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