“ It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”
When I read the above quote a couple of weeks ago it caught in my throat and I read it again. And again. Then I sent it to my friend and said, “Read this! Wow!” She replied. “Wow. Maybe we should write this one down so we see it all the time!”
I’ve always struggled with consistency.
(For the record, it’s very hard for me to admit this on the world wide web. Do people still call it that anymore?)
In fact I joked with my husband the other day that about the only thing I was really consistent about was being inconsistent. Very sad.
I start out with the best of intentions. I write down my goals. I have a good calendar and check list system.
Then life gets in the way.
Kids get sick. Mom gets sick. You run out of money in your budget. You back into a jumping African tree and dent your bumper. Your smart phone crashes…….whatever it is! (Good friends of ours rolled their vehicle on New Year’s Eve….talk about life getting in the way! Thankfully they were okay!)
Life is always going to happen. It’s inevitable. I am to the point where I am sick of letting life win. There will always be something that will de-rail you from what you want to do in your life.
We all know those people who are go-getters who set out to do something and do it. I really admire those people and they inspire me. I would venture to say that those type of people are honestly rare. I know a lot more people who struggle with lack of consistency than those that seem to have it all together. I think we can all look at our lives and pick a few if not a lot of areas we can work on.
This year, I am seeking consistency. I want that in my life and I want to follow through with it. I want to be looked at as a person who finishes what she starts, is where she says she’s going to be and gets the job done. More so than all of that, I feel like that consistency will develop and deepen my relationships with people. Those are things so important to me and I want to put the time in effort into those things.
Then of course putting myself first in terms of health and wellness, but I’ll spare all the details of that journey for now.
It’s a bit scary for me.
How that looks, I am not sure. Maybe it’s just about starting and knocking every obstacle out of your way till it’s done. Till you develop a habit that totally changes your life like Tony Robbins says.
I have a whole list of things at the ready and feeling determined to work on things.
How about you?