What does consistency mean for me?
Controlling the effort of my training sessions. A few killer training sessions carries little weight in comparison to 200 good sessions. Execute the prescribed session well, stick to the sessions goals, and don’t turn it into something else.
The mental / physical side of training should be manageable. If I’m feeling jaded then it won’t be long before it all comes crashing down. So to be consistent I need to pay attention to what I can handle day in day out, week in , week out both mentally and physically.
Not skipping workouts because you are unmotivated or feeling a bit tired. You clearly need to listen to what your body is telling you. But there is a difference between a severe malaise and a bit of “can’t be arsed” fatigue or lack of motivation.
You don’t have to feel good to start a workout, but you’ll often feel good once you start a workout.
Patience and focus on the process not outcome
If I’m not patient and / or focus on the outcome I want. Then all too soon my discipline and consistency will fall be the wayside. So I focus on the process, not the outcome. Focus on the process, do it well, repeatedly and over time the outcome will arrive. But be patient.
Don’t take long breaks every year
We all need a break now and again but don’t make it so long you end up back to your previous fitness level a year ago.