Hard Truth Podcast: Staying Consistent


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In today’s episode of “The Hard Truth Podcast,” we delve into the crucial topic of maintaining consistency, even on days when motivation seems far out of reach. We’ll explore the fundamental roles of commitment and sacrifice, emphasizing the power of staying true to the promises we make to ourselves. Throughout our discussion, we’ll underscore the importance of setting clear, actionable goals and the value of having a supportive network. Additionally, we’ll discuss how our happiness isn’t dictated by our physical appearance but is deeply intertwined with our inner beliefs and how we perceive ourselves. Join us as we uncover strategies to stay disciplined, foster self-acceptance, and transform challenges into stepping stones for personal growth.

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Welcome to The Hard Truth Podcast.

My name is Jeremy Fouts, and today we’re gonna be talking about staying consistent.

A lot of people struggle with staying consistent in their diet, what they’re trying to accomplish in the gym, whether it be put on muscle, whether it be trying to strip body fat, and I’m gonna give you six points to help you stay consistent in life.

Staying consistent, a lot of people struggle with staying consistent.

I’m going to talk about six points that’s really helped me over the last 20 years.

Stay consistent.

And I hope that these points really help you.

You know, a lot of people struggle with staying consistent.

They’ll get a plan.

They’ll put together a diet plan.

They’ll put together a workout plan.

You know, they get all excited about it, and then you know what happens is a week, a week, a two, a three week process of doing the same thing.

And then all of a sudden, they’re back to quitting and going back to the same old ways.

Everyone has struggled with some time.

You know, I’ve got two teenage boys that are athletes, same thing.

I’ll make them a workout plan, and I’ve always stressed to them, it’s not about doing the plan.

It’s not about just doing the plan today and tomorrow and next week.

It’s staying consistent with the plan.

Anybody can do the plan, but can you do it long term?

And today, I’m going to share with you six points that has really helped me and the people I’ve been working with over the last 20 years.

I’ve got a few individuals, I won’t say their name, but I’ve been working with them a whole lot this last couple months.

And these points that I’m going to share with you are hot topics that I’ve been helping them through that consistent process.

So, let’s go ahead and start talking about point number one, which is motivation.

Now, I will say this up front.

You’re not always motivated.

Everyone goes through the lows.

You know, I just got back from Oklahoma on a travel baseball tournament with my younger son, and we got back late last night.

And I tell you, I did not want to hit the gym this morning.

I had all the excuses.

I didn’t eat correctly that day.

I did not get a lot of sleep.

I was a little bit sore from my previous workout.

But I told myself, I am going to stay consistent.

Every one of us go through those types of situations.

Anytime you have a family, anytime you have a job, anytime you have all these things hitting you in life, trust me, it’s going to be hard to stay motivated.

Now, I’m going to talk about this, and the reason I want you to, the reason I’m going to talk about it, I want you to truly understand what motivation is.

Motivation will fail you.

So let me tell you this.

Motivation, sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t.

Is it worth it?

You know, I mean, you have to ask yourself that question.

Is it worth it to stay consistent?

Because some days you’re motivated, some days you don’t.

How do we keep motivation high?

Guys, I’m going to tell you the truth.

You do not keep motivation high.

We lack motivation because it feels good.

That’s the reason people love motivation.

Motivation is an emotion.

It’s a feeling.

You have to always choose the action over the feeling.

Our feelings will betray us when it comes to our goals and what we want in life.

And here’s something I’ve always told anybody I’m working with.

Never make a decision based on how you feel.

The external motivation is temporary.

You have to focus on the internal motivation.

You have to put yourself in a situation.

So let me kind of break this down.

I have over and over people call me up and say, you know what, I just didn’t feel motivated today.

And first thing I tell them is it’s not about how you feel.

It’s about what we are trying to accomplish.

You are not going to feel motivated some days.

Do not let your feelings keep you from accomplishing greatness.

Trust me on this.

Motivation, if that’s what you are living on of do I feel motivated, you’re not going to accomplish what you want to accomplish.

And your finances, your relationships, your physical part, you’re not going to accomplish what you want to accomplish.

So understand motivation.

You know, every time I build a workout plan, every time I build a program for someone, the first thing that they do is get all excited, and they cannot wait to hit that gym first day.

And then the second day, they’re a little bit sore.

Third day, they have a friend that invites them to a happy hour.

Fourth day, they miss the gym.

Fifth day, they decide not to work out because they’re still a little bit sore.

And they’re waiting for that motivation again, that they were so motivated like day one, and they’re looking for those same feelings, they’re not going to happen.

Some days, you’re going to feel it.

Some days, you’re not, but don’t worry about how you feel.

Understand what we’re trying to accomplish.

Number two is commitment.

So we understand motivation is going to let us down.

So the next thing you need to do is understand commitment.

Commitment is an engagement or an obligation that restricts freedom of action.

So when you’re committed to something, we don’t let the feelings give us the freedom to not go put in the action.

We have to do what we promised ourselves we are going to do.

You have to sacrifice now for what you want long term.

A lot of people struggle with this.

I see it over and over.

You know, they look at that piece of pizza, they look at that dessert, they look at the option of going to the gym or staying in bed, and they don’t understand that they’re focusing on how they feel now, and they’re not committed.

You have to be committed to the way you want to look six months from now, how you’re going to feel six months from now.

But make the sacrifice to say, I’m getting out of bed because I promised myself I would do this.

When you’re fully committed, guys, you have an obligation.

You know, one of the things that’s always helped me is yes, I’m doing it for self to become the best I can be, but having a wife and two kids has always been a great way for me to say they deserve the best of me.

The best way I can give them the best of me is for me to make sure I have the discipline and committed enough to be that best that I can be by following this workout plan, by following what I’m going to put in my mouth, by following what I put in my mind, and you have to have that commitment.

So sacrifice is not saying no to now and this is a good point for you to write down.

It’s not saying no to now, it’s saying yes to your future and what you want most.

See, that pretty much sums up commitment.

All of you that are struggling with staying consistent, you know, you need to understand and write it down what it is that you’re trying to accomplish over the next 90 days, six months, year, two years, all those different things.

And when you write that down, you look at that the morning that you’re not feeling motivated and you say, I’m not worrying about my feelings of lack of motivation today.

I understand that sacrifice is not saying no to now.

It’s saying yes to the future and what I want to become.

Number three, important process is staying consistent.

Consistency is every case.

And excuse me, is in every case, regardless of how we feel, we do what it takes.

That consistency is where the key is.

As I mentioned earlier, I can make a plan for every one of you.

It’s not hard.

You know, diet, workout plan, personal development, all of those.

All of you can follow the plan, but can you follow it consistently?

That is the difference between long-term success.

You have to embrace an attitude that you’re gonna do it, whether you feel like it or not.

So remember, motivation is gonna let us down.

You know, do we understand that?

Are we committed?

And then can we be consistent?

Holding on to consistency and not perfection is the next thing you have to understand.

So holding on to consistency, not perfection, what that means to you listening is this right here.

You are going to have times, and this is something I struggled with for a lot of years.

You are gonna have times that you fail.

You are gonna have times that you don’t go to the gym, and you’re gonna feel defeated.

You are gonna have times that someone offers you a piece of cake, and you take the piece of cake, whatever the situation may be.

But what I’ve always found when I do make that failure decision is I can’t dwell on it, and I have to get right back up and go at it again the next day.

You are going to fail.

You are going to mess up, but you have to get right back to it.

That’s something that I always beat myself up.

You know, and you listen, and don’t let this happen.

Always understand it’s consistency over perfection.

You’re not gonna be perfect all the time.

But here’s the great thing about the way nutrition and the gym workouts, the putting the right things in the mind, is when you do make a mistake, if you just get right back to it, then I promise you that mistake will not be very noticeable.

But if you sit there and dwell on it and say, you know what I said, I was not gonna eat those chips at the restaurant, and I did.

So therefore, I’m not gonna go work out tomorrow because I feel like a failure.

So therefore, tomorrow at lunch, I’m gonna go eat another chip.

Tomorrow night, I’m gonna eat chips and salsa again, or whatever your crutch is.

Then all of a sudden, you’re completely off rail, and you’re not gonna get back on track.

When you have a moment that you fail, do not dwell on it and get right back in to that routine that you need to be in as far as consistency.

Number four, what’s always helped the people I’m working with is talking to them about clarity and connection.

So number one, you have to be clear on what it is that you want to accomplish.

Be clear on your workout plan.

Be clear on your nutrition plan.

Be clear on why you’re trying to accomplish this.

And I’m gonna talk about this here in a few minutes and give you more clear direction of how to do this.

But have a clarity of what it is that you’re trying to accomplish and you have that plan right in front of you.

If you do not have the plan right in front of you, how many calories you’re gonna bring in a day, how much protein, how much carbs, how much fats, what your workout plan is, are you doing, I personally do chest and shoulders and trials on Monday.

On Tuesdays, I do back, lats, biceps.

Wednesday, I do leg day.

Thursday, I start chest day again.

Friday, back day again.

Saturday, leg day again.

But I know exactly, I keep it on the Core VVAP.

I know exactly what my workout plan is.

I know exactly what my nutrition plan is.

I calculate all that in every meal, and you have to have clarity.

Connection, that’s the other most important part, is being connected to a community or a group of people that know what your plan is that’s gonna hold you accountable.

I see a lot of people that fail, and it’s because they want to lose 20 pounds.

They want to change their physique in 90 days or six months, and summer’s right around the corner.

So this is a very hot time for people to say, I want to take the shirt off and look good.

I want to look good in a swimsuit.

I want to be that one that people say, man, what is your workout plan?

But what they don’t do is they don’t surround themselves with like-minded people.

If you are trying to accomplish something from a physical standpoint, and all the people around you still just want to go to Happy Hour, they still just want to eat Dorito chips.

They still just want to eat the carbs and all those different things, you will fail.

You’re probably not going to be strong enough-minded, but if you have a good community of two or three friends coming into the Corbiv community, plugging in to the stories of success, and that’s the key is having clarity and connection.

Here’s what’s always helped me with clarity and connection and commitment.

I really don’t want to, but I’m committed to my promise.

I’m committed to what it is that I want to accomplish.

You know, and you can take this statement, and you can plug it into another podcast I talked about, which is your 90-day game plan.

This statement really determines your success.

I really don’t want to, but I’m committed to my promise.

Determine what your promise is, what you want to accomplish, and I promise you when you have those feelings that you’re not motivated, when you don’t understand how committed you are, when you don’t really want to be consistent, go to that promise that you made yourself and say, I’m going to do it whether I want to or not.

The last point, number six, and this is something I’m going to talk a little bit slower because this is something that’s really always helped me, and I want you to truly understand this.

Your body is the result, not the reason.

Find out the reason, and the result will change.

What I mean by this, we all think that our body is the reason we are not happy.

Now, again, I’m talking, you could apply these notes to any subject, finances, relationships, whatever, but I’m talking now about the body.

Obviously, it’s something that I feel like is very, very important for us to look the part and to be healthy, not just for looks, but more importantly, for good quality of life and for longevity.

And I’m not going to get into all of it, but we know all every one of us know the importance that if you feel good, you’re confident, you look good, all areas of your life are going to succeed.

I promise you that.

Okay, but here’s the point that I want to make.

We think our body is the reason we are not happy.

That’s not the case.

Let me give you an example.

Let’s take you back to memory lane, every one of you.

And I want you to remember a time that maybe you went to a wedding, maybe you had a special event, and you had a certain dress on, a certain suit on, and at the time when you looked at the pictures, you thought to yourself, man, I really didn’t look that good.

I wish I would have looked better.

Now all of you remember that.

You wasn’t really happy.

You wasn’t really confident in who you are.

You was questioning yourself, why do I not look better?

Now 10 years now, you go back and look at that same picture, and you look, man, I wish I would still look that good.

I wished I looked that good now.

So the point that I’m going to be making here is that is a perfect example of if you wasn’t right then from a mindset standpoint and had the confidence then, and you wasn’t happy then, you still had stress then, then this brings the point that I’m trying to make.

Your body is the result, not the reason.

Find out the reason, and the result will change.

You’re not stressed because your body don’t look that good.

That’s not the way it works.

Maybe the health you have now is because you don’t believe in yourself.

You got to discover that.

Your body is not the reason, it’s the result.

Unhappy, if you’re stressed, if you’re dealing with anxiety, you have to fix the inner self.

That is the key.

Embrace, not escape, and address the root cause.

Do the mental work and break the cycle.

The reason I’m big on this is I work so much with people that they think, man, I just want to lose 30 pounds, 60 pounds, I want to lose 25 pounds, and that’s going to solve all my world problems.

Guys, I want you to lose 25 pounds, I want you to lose 30 pounds, I want you to get to that point that you are happy looking at yourself in the mirror without any clothes on.

That’s something that I want all of you to strive for.

But what I have found in working with people to help them meet their physical goals of what it is they are trying to accomplish is I have to go down deep and I have to figure out what is the root cause.

Why are we choosing to eat the carbs when we know we shouldn’t?

Why are we putting the sugar or the alcohol in our body when we know we shouldn’t?

And most of the time, it’s because we’re not trying to embrace the challenge.

We’re trying to escape the challenge.

We’re relying on the feelings.

We’re saying, you know what?

I know that if I go work out tomorrow, then I probably will feel better.

But if I choose the drink right now, if I choose the sugar right now, I know for sure that I’m going to feel good right now.

Remember, sacrifice is not saying no to now.

It’s saying yes to the future and know that we’re going to have a better future and become that person that we have promised ourselves that we are going to become.

So today, I hope you understand the reason that I did this podcast talking about staying consistent.

Whatever it is that you’re trying to accomplish in life, you have to stay consistent.

Don’t rely on motivation.

It’s going to come and go.

Be committed.

Be committed to what it is you’re trying to accomplish.

Be consistent every day.

Don’t miss the workout.

Don’t miss the diet plan that you have.

But remember, if you fail, then just get right back up to it.

Choose consistency over perfection.

Always have a clarity.

Always be connected with ones that want to achieve like you want to achieve.

And remember, your body is the result, not the reason.

Find out the reason, and the result will change.

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