Wow! What a week. I thought last week was busy but this one was a different animal. It was a good though. Not going to lie, I did get overwhelmed a few times, but I finally think I have everything under control 🙂
I received some relieving information too, and that is that I no longer have to drive to Clearwater on Thursdays for my internship! Since I teach the classes online, I get to work out of my house. What a blessing and weight off my shoulders.
I’m so happy with this internship. It’s a fun experience to teach others about Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as how to live a healthy lifestyle. I’m proud to say that I’ve finally chosen a path that will suit me well.
And just a little plug…beginning September 13th, I will be teaching online classes from 9:30-10:30am, 11:00-12:00pm, 5:30-6:30pm, and 7:00-8:00pm if anyone wants to sign up to watch! It’s completely free, and I’d love to have you 🙂 Here are the links…“Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body- Tips from the Latest Research” and “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia”.
Also this week, I finally get to go home! I’ll be driving home Friday night and staying until Tuesday afternoon since it’s a long weekend. I’m ecstatic to see my family and relax for a few days.
But enough about my life. Let’s dive into this post! Today’s topic is an extension of a video I watched “Consistency Will Make You Holy”. Based on the title, you can probably infer what it was about…consistency.
Consistency is one of those things we all know will better us but we often have a hard time following through with. That’s because it requires us to show up. It requires that we dedicate ourselves to whatever the cause may be. It challenges us, which is exactly why we should be engaging in it!
What’s more is that consistency is applicable to all aspects of our lives. That’s good and bad. It’s good because that gives us the chance to improve in every possible way, but it’s bad because it places a responsibility on us. The mere fact that it does this scares a lot of people away from it.
In all honesty, it’s hard to give something our all when life throws us so many curveballs. It’s much easier to generate excuses, so why would we follow through?
Because when we are consistent when it’s easy, it’s just that…easy. But when we are consistent in the hard times, it’s more than that. It’s transformational.
It’s transformational in the fact that it requires us to employ so many other virtues…patience, understanding, courage, etc. and when we get to practice these, we impact ourselves on a deeper level. This impact is so great in fact, that when other trying circumstances arise, we are better able to show up because we’ve done it before. We know what to do and what it takes to overcome it. We are more comfortable in doing so.
We’ve all been there. We’ve overcome the bug on our shoulder telling us to back out of something we know we’d be better off doing. We’ve felt that feeling of success and relief that empowers us after we decide to still go to the gym after a long day or take the few extra seconds to hold the door for the person behind us.
So in reality, when has being consistent ever been a bad thing? When we are consistent in our faith, we grow closer to God. When we are consistent in going to the gym, we get stronger and healthier. When we develop consistent sleep patterns, we wake up feeling more rested and are better able to fall asleep.
But I know, it’s not easy. So how do we work on it?
We practice. We start by recognizing that little voice on our shoulder that tells us to quit. Then, we silence it. We sign up for the gym. We get ready for bed earlier. We shut off our phones. We go to church. We pray day after day. We get friends to hold us accountable….
I personally feel that having someone or something to hold us accountable is the best strategy because in reality, we don’t want to let others down. It’s a lot harder to let a friend down than it is to let ourselves down. So get an accountability buddy!
We also need to recognize that building consistency in whatever we do is a process, just like any other thing. We are not going to solve a commitment problem overnight just like we aren’t going to lose 50 pounds by tomorrow. Realizing that it is a journey, that life is a journey, will put us in a better place to begin with. It will help us put our best foot forward.
The moment I realized that changing how I went about life and that taking care of myself was a process was the moment I began the journey to success. The moment I got my mom and friend to hold me accountable for relaxing was the moment I changed my course. The moment I realized consistency beats intensity was the moment my worldview changed. And finally, the moment I stopped listening to that bug on my shoulder that always tried to push me harder was the moment I took control of my life.
So, I encourage you just to start. Let’s take back control of our lives by being more consistent. Begin by taking it one task at a time. Together, we can do this!
I promise that by being consistent, we will all be able to remember what we learned in the light when darkness falls upon us 🙂
I hope this post impacted you in some way. It was a lot more motivational than my normal ones. Is this something you enjoy? Let me know in the comments below!
As always, thank you for reading. Please like, comment, and share this post. It means the world to have your support!
Talk to you on Monday.
“Success isn’t always about ‘greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come…success isn’t overnight. It’s when everyday you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up.” ~ Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson