Consistency

It is interesting how we prefer consistency as humans. We want things to happen on predictable schedules and we want people to behave in predictable ways. And yet, some of us struggle with consistency in forming new habits.

With my blog, I did not want to commit to a regular schedule unless I knew I could be consistent with it. I actually did not expect to post daily. Sometimes I am still astonished that I do.

But I realize that certain activities give me energy. And when I do those things, particularly in the morning, the rest of my day flows with ease and gratitude. So I write consistently. Not because I need to get a certain number of “likes” though it seems like a nice bonus if a topic resonates.

I celebrate consistency, because as someone with a.d.d., it has not always been easy for me to adopt new habits. But when I am determined, I organize my life to achieve whatever new goal I have in mind.

Attacking too many new habits or goals at once is a recipe for failure. If you stick to one habit at most (meditating every day for 5-10 minutes, for example, or taking a short walk once a day) and maintain it for 60-90 days, you are on the road to consistency.

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Photo credit link – 7 types of meditation

Once this happens, you have demonstrated you could succeed, and now you are a “person that meditates” making it a part of your identity. According to my Insight Timer I have meditated (or practiced yoga, which I think of as moving meditation) every day for 470+ consecutive days.

Meditation is changing me. I now look forward to it. I’m astonished. For years I did not think I could meditate. Mostly because people said you had to start with 15 minutes or more.

When I realized just doing it daily for 5 minutes was do-able, I slowly began increasing the time, so now my average for the past 12 weeks is 57 minutes a day. This is nothing short of miraculous.

What is one area in your life where you would like to have more consistency? Is it worth investing 5-10 minutes a day for 60-90 days to make it happen? 

 

9 thoughts on “Consistency

  1. It’s funny reading this. My thought is–feet first, mind will follow. For me to create a habit, i just have to start doing it–I can’t wait for my mind to be convinced that it’s a good idea or will benefit me. There are so many things I would never do if i was waiting for my mind. I’ve gotten pretty good at acting my way into action rather than thinking my way into it. I start doing something, and if it really doesn’t work for me, than I can stop. If it does work, my mind jumps on board and I’ve created a habit–and then–discipline. Once i have that, I’m pretty hard to break!

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    1. I *SO* agree with this, Cat. I had many starts and stops when it came to meditation, and a teacher finally convinced me that it may take 4-6 weeks before I started realizing the benefits. I think until I was able to give it more time, and start with a smaller goal (less time per day at first) I was not able to truly realize the benefits. Feet first, mind will follow is great advice! The mind often objects to things that are actually good for the body and soul… 😉

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  2. That’s a wonderful accomplishment with the meditation! I’ve been trying to do this with walking, either outdoors or in, but my success rate is probably about 75%. I feel best when I walk, so I just need to try harder, I imagine, or alter the conditions, somehow, to make this more likely to happen.

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    1. Hi Julie, I think starting very small is very helpful, literally 1-2 minutes at first. Or some people try a three breaths meditation, literally just three really deep and mindful breaths as a break in your day. An app like Insight Timer can be great when you start because there are guided meditations that help walk you through. You can set a timer to go off once a day to remind yourself, but if you are anything like me when I started, you may resist sitting still and allowing the mind to settle. Sometimes getting a little calendar and crossing off each day helps you bring a string of “wins” so you gain some momentum. Hope that helps!

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