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3 Proven Ways to Flip Negativity to Train Your Brain to Master the Power of Consistency and Outrun Time

Fear is a powerful motivator when used with the right intent and fueled with a strong sense of urgency.

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Consistency is a non-debatable force when it comes to accelerating our habit development. It’s the closest go-to method to win your race against time.

I didn’t know the mad power of consistency unless I published an article about my first 100-day fitness streak in 2019 while managing a 9to5 job with a jam-packed schedule.

Prioritising your physical+mental health while doing a hectic job is not as easy as it sounds, especially when the boundaries between professional and personal life are blurry.

But once I got fire inspiration on day 100 after finishing my first fitness streak, I read more about the compound effect of consistency and how this force is working for you without your awareness.

“You are stopping you! You are giving up instead of getting hard! Tell the truth about the real reasons for your limitations and you will turn that negativity, which is real, into jet fuel. Those odds stacked against you will become a damn runway!”
David Goggins, in his book Can’t Hurt Me

Here are three ways to train your brain for consistency by feeding on negativity.

#1. The best time was yesterday.

Channel the energy of fear into acting from a sense of urgency.

No matter how much we want to satisfy our FOMO feelings, there will always be some regrets as we navigate life.

Converting regrets to sacrifice is a talent only a few courageous people have and a skill anyone can develop with experience.

When your choices align with your life purpose, you understand that the right time is when you start trusting your gut, regardless of whether you are ready.

Adaptability has been touted as a game-changer skill since Covideo hit because it shows how much you can adapt to adverse situations where you can’t have enough control.

#2. Outrun time with consistency.

If the process doesn’t bring joy, the goal won’t either.

We are creatures of habit. It means the compound effect of our behavioural patterns is working under the hood without our awareness.

If it’s in a negative direction, it causes hard-to-break addiction.

When it’s in a positive direction, where you’re obsessed with self-improvement, the compound effect makes you a motivation generator, and people see the fire attitude in your eyes.

The 21-day habit challenge is a myth. It merely gives us a morale boost.

When a habit becomes an integral part of your lifestyle, that’s when you know you have internalised it. I finish 100-day challenges because of my first successful streak.

100-day is neither short that I’ll be devoid of experience nor too unreasonably long that I’ll quit.

But by the time I reach day 70, the sheer power of consistency makes showing up feel like breathing. It becomes autonomous and effortless.

To win your race against time, set a long enough target to provide a holistic learning experience, and you’ll be a natural at your new habit before even reaching the target.

That’s the power of consistency. It puts your brain on autopilot before even reaching the target by helping you enjoy the process.

#3. Unleash your true potential.

Leaving this world without knowing what you could have been can be a scary or liberating experience. Make your choice.

“Earning your comfort zone” is a mindset shift that motivates me to get the butt out of my bed every morning.

When you prepare to sleep at night, a sense of achievement guarantees a well-deserved rest, no matter how tiny the accomplishment was.

Unleashing your true potential means letting your mind tap its unexplored corner by intentionally seeking uncomfortable experiences to train your mental resilience.

It can be while working towards a fitness goal, improving emotional intelligence through journaling, or becoming a conversationalist by going out and interacting with more people by embracing small talk.

Closing thoughts.

Fear is an integral part of our psychology because of its evolutionary roots.

Although the threats our primitive ancestors faced are no longer present, the mechanism is so deep-rooted in our minds that catching a break feels like cheating on ourselves.

Fear is a powerful motivator when exploring new territories when we approach it with sheer curiosity and a lifelong learning mindset.

I became a writer by accident. I wasn’t planning on it.

I became a fitspo on Instagram by accident.

Some of the best friends I made were by accident.

Life is more random than we think.

Once you train your brain to find the good in everything, you’ll learn to find meaning in struggles, and your mind will become an inspiration magnet.

Here is a recap for your memory:

  1. Develop a sense of urgency. Otherwise, life will force you to do it anyway.
  2. Consistency is the most ruthless weapon to win your race against time.
  3. Unleashing your true potential is about channelling the energy from fear into outperforming ourselves.

If you want more stories like this, my lifelong learning newsletter is for you.

Sanjeev is a mentor, writer, and fitness enthusiast from India. He writes about lifelong learning, personal growth, and positive psychology. When he’s not engaging with students in solving their doubts or busy writing, he’s sweating either in a workout, vlogging, or playing with his cat, Jim. You can also find him on Instagram and Twitter.



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