Why Didn’t I Think Of This Before?

Why Didn’t I Think Of This Before?

Bakers need the dough to be the right consistency.
Designers need consistency of style throughout the house.
We all need consistency of character to live a life worth telling a story about.

Consistency is simply “steadfast adherence to the same principles; agreement, especially uniformity among the parts of a complex thing.”

This “complex” thing is what you might call:

  • Too busy to workout
  • Continue eating even after I’m full
  • Diet Coke. No calories right?
  • Sleeps hard to come by because my mind won’t stop running.

In the battle between consistency and complex, it’s often the complex that rules. Not because we’re trying to make life difficult, but because consistency is simple.
It’s boring.
It’s routine.
It’s not social media worthy.
It’s not going to get you “I wish I could stick to a plan like that” or “Man, that’s intense.

But when you mix consistency with a healthy dose of sustainable principles, the complexity unravels. Instead of banging your head against a wall trying to lose the weight, regain your health, or look like you did back in high school, your plan becomes more manageable, more sustainable. It becomes “why didn’t I think of this before.” and tell me your secret.”

Just so there’s no confusion with regards to sustainable, here’s what that looks like:

  1. Move more throughout your day:
    • Park farther away.
    • Take the stairs.
    • Do a walking meeting at work and even at home.
    • Don’t leave everything for the gym or the treadmill.
  2. Eat like your parents are watching:
    • Don’t eat that or you’ll ruin your dinner.
    • Before you can have desert, you have to finish your veggies.
    • No, alcohol isn’t a food group.
  3. Pretend you are your own kid:
    • Brush your teeth, twice a day, two minutes each. And yes, floss.
    • Bedtime routines are the #1 sleep aid…and they are free.
    • You’re fussy = you need a nap.
    • You’re antsy = you need to move.
    • You’re thirsty = you need water
    • You’re hungry = well, you should have ate a better breakfast
    • You’re stomach hurts = I told you all that junk food wasn’t good for you.
Brent Gallagher


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