Consistency Over Perfection

Everyone knows that “day one” feeling—the motivation and power we now have the day after swearing off the quick meals and signing up for our new fitness center membership. We crush all of our objectives and go to mattress making projections about how we’re going to appear and feel after one hundred days like this after which 200 days like this. I can’t even rely the variety of occasions I’ve pulled up a calendar to see how a lot progress I used to be going to be making 6 months or a yr into the longer term. However by the top of day four or 5, that preliminary surge inevitably wears off. I’ll skip a exercise or swing by a drive-via for dinner. Doubt will begin to creep in—that devious saboteur who lives deep within the scarred recesses of my thoughts. I’ll start to query how lengthy I’ll actually be capable of maintain this up. Feeling scared and weak and responsible for the drive-by means of slip, I’ll determine that I’ve failed at the moment. And once I get up the subsequent morning, I’ll determine I’d as nicely eat that leftover birthday cake for breakfast as a result of that’s what a failure does.

Despite the fact that I’ve lived this expertise one million occasions, I’m sensible sufficient now to know that demanding perfection from myself finally ends up killing me and my objectives.

The trail to wholesome dwelling is laid with the bricks of consistency

However it’s not about being good; it’s about making higher decisions once we can and with the ability to recuperate once we don’t meet our objectives. In case you exit and drink slightly an excessive amount of and order from that one bizarre pizza store that’s open till 4am, it doesn’t make a you a failure incapable of dwelling a wholesome life. It makes you human. However the subsequent day doesn’t should be wasted. Get again on monitor and ensure that the mixture of your decisions is in keeping with your objectives. Doing the correct factor eighty% of the time is constant sufficient to make actual, sustainable modifications. And when you get sufficient constructive momentum going within the course of your objectives, you’ll discover that you simply don’t want day-one motivation to succeed, as a result of you’ll have developed one thing even higher: the self-discipline to select your self again up each time you fall down.

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