The Key to Being Consistent (Just Keep Swimming)
This post is Day 7 in the 31 Days to a Super-Purposeful Schedule series.
True or False?
We should wait to do things until we actually feel like doing them.
Oh man if this were true, I would never get out of bed in the morning haha.
So many times though, this is the problem that keep us from doing what we need to do: "I don't really feel like working tonight so I'll just go watch shows instead. Or I don't really feel like doing my hair today so looks like another messy bun for the 50th time in a row. Or I don't feel like doing the dishes tonight so I'll just let them pile up for a day...or two.
The truth is that we usually have to make ourselves do things we need to and then eventually we're happy we did them. Behavior sometimes needs to come before attitude.
I love how Mattie James puts it in this post: "Let’s keep it real. I know that Beyonce does not want to work out everyday, but she gets it DONE. I imagine that she pushes past her feelings and focuses on her overall goal: to be the greatest. And that’s the kind of commitment it takes. The kind that no matter how much you don’t feel like doing it, you still do it because of your mental toughness." (By the way, you should definitely check out her awesome Consistency Cleanse!)
Mental toughness is the key to getting things done and being consistent.
We have to make the commitment and then decide not to miss a day no matter what. NO MATTER WHAT. Some examples: "I'm going to work out even though I'm tired. I'm going to get in the Word of God even though I'm busy. I'm going to blog even if I'm criticized or people around me just don't understand."
Once we decide to form a habit, next we need to keep up momentum.
Think of it like riding a bike. It's only once we stop pedaling or slow down that it gets harder to push forward. The same is true for swimming. It's only once we stop treading water that we start to sink. We aren't trying to wear ourselves out going at top speed, but the key is to just keep moving. The motion and momentum will make each day easier. If we miss one day, we're only making it harder on ourselves and usually end up missing the next day and the next.
Today's Action Step:
Think of 1-2 things you know you NEED to be consistent with and make that commitment. Do whatever you need to do to keep it up - create a star chart and give yourself a sticker each day! Reward yourself with chocolate! Tell someone about it to keep you accountable. Make yourself mentally tough and push past those feelings of "I don't want to." Do this for at least 21 days straight (form a habit). Woot! You can do this.
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