How to be consistent (Habit Ladder Framework)

how to be consistent

Studies show 95% of entrepreneurs lack consistency.

This means they:

  1. Let people down
  2. Can’t maintain habits
  3. Miss important deadlines
  4. Quit before they’re successful

But without consistency, you won’t build a business.

Because to achieve great things, you need to:

  1. Keep showing up
  2. Do one thing for a long time
  3. Not get distracted by shiny objects
  4. Do the work when you don’t feel like it

Business is about doing high-impact tasks, every day.

Imagine if you turned these actions into daily habits:

  1. 20 cold DMs
  2. 1 social media post
  3. 1 hour engaging on LinkedIn
  4. 1 networking call with a prospect

You’d have 10x more clients, and you’d make 10x more money.

So how do you make this happen (consistently)?

Simple. Use this 6-step habit ladder framework:

1. Micro commitment

Want to send 20 DMs per day? Start with 1.

Want to post on LinkedIn daily? Start with weekly.

Make the habit so small it’s impossible to say no.

This builds momentum, and confidence.

2. Trigger setting

Link the new habit to an existing habit.

Look at your phone when you’re bored? Send 1 DM in that time.

Scroll social when you wake up? Engage with people’s posts instead.

Turn bad habits into productive actions.

3. Reward system.

Reward yourself immediately after completing the positive habit.

That reward could be:

  1. A few minutes of relaxation
  2. 5 minutes to browse social media
  3. 10 minutes playing a game you like

4. Incremental increase

Slowly increase the size of the habit.

Sending 1 DM per day? Start sending 2.

Posting once per week? Start posting twice.

But don’t rush. Habit formation is a marathon, not a sprint.

5. Reflective journalling

Write down your achievements at the end of each day.

You don’t give yourself enough credit. You must celebrate your wins.

Write everything positive you did. No matter how small.

This builds confidence.

6. Social sharing

Tell your friends and family what you’re doing.

They will expect you to show up. And question you if you go off track.

This holds you accountable, because you’ll feel embarrassed if you fail.

BONUS: Get external accountability

Employees always show up to work.

Because their boss is expecting them to be on time.

But as a business owner, nobody cares if you’re late.

You make rules. So it’s easy to break them.

So what’s the solution?

Simple. Stop trying to do everything yourself.

Get a Progress Partner to keep you on track.

It’s worked for 167 business owners. So it will work for you.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s what my client Matt Schaefer (Compadre App Developer) said:

As someone in the process of building my app startup, James has been a game changer. It’s very easy for me to get in my own head and make irrational decisions, but with James as my coach and a second pair of eyes, he gives me objective feedback on my situations. James also gives me the kick that I need to do the uncomfortable things I need to do in order to get my business moving. Overall, if you’re someone trying to start a business and really need some guidance, James is THE MAN. The value he delivers for the price is absolutely incredible.

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