I go into every week knowing generally what I want to get done. I have this blog post to write. I have that audiobook to finish. I have this fish to feed. Busy, busy, busy.
What frustrates me is that it seems I never get done what I want to get done.
Except the fish. He gets fed everyday.
So here’s my question. What’s the point?
What’s the point of trying to keep up with my reading? With my journaling? With my blogs? It can be exhausting trying to keep up with it all.
Here’s why you don’t give up
Because consistency builds character and growth. It’s exhausting sometimes. It really is. And I fail a lot! I wrote a post early this year about a simple goal I made for myself in the areas of reflection and gratitude. I have done very poorly with them so far.
John Maxwell says in his book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth that he purposefully leaves extra time for everything he does. He makes a point that he’s particularly optimistic about his productivity. But he has to leave himself twice as much time as he thinks he’ll need in order to get something done.
If John Maxwell can’t get done what he thinks he can get done, there’s hope.
Slow down there, cowboy
The key is taking it slow and building good habits upon other good habits. Once an action becomes a habit, it doesn’t take as much work. It comes naturally. As Maxwell says in the same book:
Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.John Maxwell, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
This is a discipline that I’m working on right now: The Law of Consistency. This is what Maxwell calls building good habits. Failure is inevitable when developing habits, but continuing in action is what requires perserverence.
What is one habit you are working on right now?
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