Written by Dr. Adam Coats
Let’s talk about consistency. What is consistency? How important is it? According to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, if you want success, you have to be consistent. “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”
Steph Curry didn’t achieve a 90% free throw percentage, the best in the history of the NBA, by being inconsistent. He also didn’t become arguably the best shooter this world has ever seen by practicing a couple of times a week. Curry puts up 300 sots after every practice during the season, and over 500 shots per day in the offseason.
Michael Phelps, the greatest swimmer on the planet and winner of 23 Olympic gold medals, was in the pool every single day for a five year stretch during his teenage years according to his life-long swim coach Bob Bowman. That’s 1,825 consecutive days in the pool, training and working hard to become the best.
The Tim Ferriss Show is one the most successful podcasts of all time with over 400 million downloads. It’s often ranked the #1 business podcast out of all Apple Podcasts, and it’s been ranked #1 out of 500,000+ podcasts on many occasions. There’s over 380 episodes covering all different types of topics. Tim Ferriss didn’t develop this one of kind podcast by accident, he did it because he’s been consistent with his work.
If you want to be successful in sports, business, entrepreneurial endeavors, or anything else, you have to be consistent. The same is true with your health. You can’t eat one salad a week, followed by soda and fast food for every other meal and expect to be healthy. You can’t hit the gym once a week while the rest of your week is spent being sedentary and expect to be healthy. You can’t live in today’s world with no focus on reducing the stress in your life and expect to be healthy.
While it’s important to understand the impact of consistency, it’s also important to understand that nobody is perfect. I’m not perfect either. I love pizza, it’s my favorite food. There’s plenty of days I talk myself out of getting in a workout or a run. Thousands of negative thoughts run through my mind on any given day. But the one thing I am consistent with each and every week is my chiropractic adjustments because I know and understand the impact it has on my mind and on my body.
Chiropractic care allows our bodies to deal with stress better. Whether that’s physical stress; weightlifting, ultra-running, or trips and falls, chemical stress; the foods we put in our bodies and the cleaning products we use, or emotional stress; family, getting married, or switching jobs. It’s impossible to avoid stress altogether in the 21st century. How we respond and adapt to the stress in our lives determines our quality of life and how we will age.
While it’s obvious that you can’t make one healthy decision and expect to be healthy, the same is true with chiropractic. One adjustment doesn’t mean your body is ready to take on all the stress of a lifetime, it takes consistent adjustments to make sure your body is adapting as best as it can.
It’s great if you’re eating right, getting regular exercise, improving your mindset with more positive thoughts than negative, and getting adequate amounts of sleep. Keep doing those things. I would also encourage you to consider chiropractic care to help your body adapt to the stress in your life. It will make a world of difference.