Happy New Month! I hear there are so many mixed reviews about January. Some people claimed it felt too long (the memes were endless), others feel like the time went by really fast. No matter what we thought of January 2018, its gone now and its not coming back. How did you spend your January?
For me, I spent it zooming in on one thing: consistency. At the end of 2017, while contemplating on whether to join the bandwagon of new years resolutions, which I really hate doing because of how much I suck at keeping to them, God opened my eyes to a bigger issue in my life that needed to be addressed stat! It was the issue of consistency. I had a nasty habit of desiring to build so many habits or skills, sometimes even starting, but never seeing it through. Has anyone ever felt like this before or its just me? Towards the end of December I finally decided that I had had enough (good timing eh? 😀). My resolution this time was different though. I decided I wanted to set a goal for myself, a little one, that I could accomplish easily if I dedicated myself to it. It had to be something I didn’t need to go out of my way to do. So of course I picked working out. Now I know some eyes rolled when they read that, but hear me out first 😊. I picked working out because its something I have always wanted to be consistent at, and I actually used to work out quite regularly, with the help of a personal trainer of course. But, now I’m back to school and can’t afford that lifestyle anymore so I quit, because there was nobody around to make me do it.
I downloaded a free app that would guide me through a series of simple beginner workouts and the plan was that for 22 days out of the 31 days of January, I would have a workout session lasting anywhere between 6 and 30 minutes. The remaining days were rest days, and this workout plan was customized for me to not require equipment. So you see, I literally had zero excuses for why I couldn’t get this done because all I needed for the workout was to be in my room with my phone. I don’t want to be a body builder or anything massive like that. I just would like to maintain an active lifestyle and I decided that this is a good starting point.
It was not easy guys, as you can imagine. I always had a reason in my head for why I could skip some days, but skipping any day was not an option. Like I said, I was sick of not being able to stick to a commitment. January 31st which was last Wednesday, I successfully completed it and I promise I could’ve cried. I was overjoyed and proud of myself. I actually set out to do something consistently over a period of time and I stuck to it. Now I had another goal that I had set for myself that I failed at. I wanted to practice piano everyday for at least 10 minutes. Halfway, I stopped that, but I didn’t let that take away the feeling of accomplishment I got from taking one step forward in the right direction.
There are other goals I set for myself this year hinging on consistency. I just want to encourage somebody today that you really can get that thing done. Just be sick enough of not getting it done. That’s the fuel you need to getting it done. Also, trust God for grace through the journey and when you fall, its okay! Just get back up and keep it moving. I promise you the mere effort you’re making is so beautiful to watch, and I am rooting for you because I am just like you, trying to do something right. Don’t worry, we are all in this together and no matter how many times we fall, we will eventually get it right.
February just began. What do you want to start being consistent at TODAY?
Leave me comments and lets chat about what we want to be consistent at. We’ve got this ❤️