I just finished a personal 30-day writing challenge. I chose to write in my journal because I wanted to cultivate a daily habit of writing without any pressure of the writing itself being judged or critiqued.
So what did I learn and how did this exercise help me in consistency? How can what I learn help you?
Well let’s start off by defining consistency. Consistency in this context means steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc; conformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy or fairness.
If any of that a little confusing, just think the following: regularity, stability, steadiness, dependability, reliability, or uniformity.
In my personal challenge I wanted to create regularity and uniformity in writing – develop a practice.
I learned during this challenge no matter how I felt on any given day to show up and put pen (or pencil) to paper because I wanted to honor the commitment I made to myself.
I began to feel less intimidated by the blank page. Not that I do not still feel trepidation from time to time, especially when I am releasing it out into the world, I do. However, I feel my level of confidence rise. Each day as counted down from 30 to 1, the anxiety seemed to dissipate.
I realized, and remembered from previous experiences, that when I made a decision, committed myself to the idea, and then added action – I was able to reach what I had set out to accomplish.
This what I would like to impart to you.
1. Make a decision
Ask yourself what do you want from you life? Let yourself dream and figure what you would like to have accomplish if today was your last day on Earth. Then decide to do it.
2. Commit to your idea
Making a plan is one of the best ways to commit to your goal. Write it down, draw a picture – make some type of representation of that idea. In other words, what would it look like if the dream was happening right now?
3. Add Action
Work your plan. Do something. Make that telephone call, go to that conference. Whatever corresponding action is necessary to get you from where you are now to where you want to go. Do it, Now.
You see, success leaves clues. Sure success may not happen overnight, but I know it will come when we chose to persist.
I also allowed patience to work within me: peace. As I continue to work toward my dream I know practicing consistency is another tool I’m utilizing on this journey. How about you?
P.S. I would really like to see how you consistency is working for you. Or tell me about how you are utilizing the simple concept of Practice, how is it helping you to become better in your endeavors.
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