Sunday, February 16, 2014

Consistency

Consistency is better than rare moments of greatness.

 
Consistency is challenging for me. I'm more of a sprinter than a long distance runner. I start out strong, maintain and then lose momentum somewhere around the last 10%. This is due to a couple of traits...
 

 
I've never actually been tested for being attention deficit but I know it's there because I tend to get bored easily.  I like to switch things up so they are different and new. I love the planning stages of getting something up and running...developing concepts, brainstorming ideas, finding the "soul" and making it happen.  For me the satisfaction comes more from the road getting there than from the finished product. Once the product has been defined and all aspects are put in place, I'm mentally on to the next thing... 
 
Discipline. I think a lot of discipline stems from the ability to place yourself in situations that are supportive of what you strive to accomplish. Chances are I'm not going to cut calories by going to McDonalds. I try to be aware of "potential downfall" situations and avoid them.  But the real test of discipline is being able to deal effectively with the numerous situations outside of our control... called life. Being able to maintain a focus on our goals in spite of what's taking place in our surrounding. Possessing a clarity of purpose that allows us to acknowledge and transcend our downfalls. Realizing that failure is essential for reaching success.
 
There's a lot to be said for going the distance and finishing what you start. Working around my short comings, I've come to learn that the best chance I have at going the distance is to break it up into a series of sprints instead of one long haul. Accomplishing goals on a smaller consistent, (the key word here), basis are just more do-able for me. If I can break the distance down into manageable "sprints" then the long haul becomes much more attainable.
 
I want to develop a consistent routine that supports my efforts. This means defining a pattern that keeps me focused. Eating at regular intervals, getting the sleep and physical activity I need. Focusing on the here and now and not letting distractions take president. Developing more of a daily routine that's going to support my weight loss over the long haul by being consistent.
 
Carry On...
 
 

1 comment:

Wendy McArdle said...

Hi Penny - Your blog is very cool. I love all the links to recipes on the side. I'm definitely going to try that chicken lime soup you told me about. Keep up the great work!!