Consistency Matters More Than Length

 

 

It's the first Monday of 2017 and I am super excited about January! I love fresh starts. They symbolize another chance. And who doesn't like another chance, right? All of the morning talk shows are talking about starting the year off right with exercise and eating better...the USUAL new year topics, but I think right after talking about starting, you want to immediately commit to being consistent.

Yesterday my pastor at church said Consistency seems to matter more than length. He was talking about praying for 40 days straight (yep, our church is doing a 40 Day Prayer Challenge), but he made it about to mention how consistency matters more than length. That means, instead of focusing on how LONG I pray, my goal is simply to pray first thing in the morning daily. So that means some mornings, I may pray for 5 minutes, and some mornings I may pray for 5 seconds. What matters most is that I DO IT every single day.

I thought about how this can apply to other areas of my life and my business. What do I need to commit to, that regardless of how much time I give it, just the mere fact of doing it everyday will make an impact and create a solid habit. Here are a few things I thought I could commit to doing consistently:

  • Writing - Now for all of 2016, I talked a lot about how I needed to write more. It's not even a hard task for me to do. I never really get writer's block if I just write how I talk. LOL. Because seriously, no one gets "talker's block." But for some reason, I didn't write consistently. Why not? Because I didn't commit to doing it simply. So applying the same logic from above, I am going to write everyday, even if I only write one word. But guess what? I am long-winded (as you probably noticed already), so I know that committing one word automatically means at least 10 words.
  • Eating Fruit - I have gone from Super Shred with Dr. Ian to the 10 Day Smoothie Cleanse Challenge to nothing. After the challenge or the timeframe had passed on each of these, I fell back into donuts, fast food, and chips and guac. YAAASSSSS, this girl loves her avocado! But again, what if I applied the consistency matters more than length concept and just said, I am going to eat one piece of fruit everyday. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so why not test the theory with apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, etc. One piece of fruit a day. I can totally do that. So much easier than thinking about all the fruit I need to make a fruit smoothie. P.S. I can't stand grocery shopping. 
  • Love - Last year, I found myself fussing a whole lot with my kids. I tell them I love them every day, but what else could I be doing to show them love vs saying it? Going back to the consistency matters more than length, I could spend 1 minute hugging them with no words. Hugs always make people feel good, whether you're the giver or the receiver. 

Alright, so let's take a look at what I have committed to doing daily: praying immediately when I get up for a minimum of 1 second, writing one word, eating one piece of fruit, and hugging each of my children for one minute straight. Doing these things consistently will give me the momentum to pray longer, write more, eat healthier, and love more passionately.

I can do this! 

What about you?

What can you commit to doing consistently? Leave a comment below and let me know so I can hold you accountable.

Fon James