Have you ever gotten really excited about something, jumped into it with both feet and arms flailing in the air, splashed into the sea of possibilities, only to discover the water wasn’t as crystal clear as you imagined? You waded around a bit, then got over it rather quickly as you let the waves carry you effortlessly back to shore.
Meanwhile others wet their toes in the proverbial ocean of disciplines and slowly make their way deeper until they are in over their heads. You can’t even see them anymore. They’re immersed. A yacht came to pick them up and is currently sailing them into the horizon as I type this.
You see, some people start new things slowly, and steadily make long term changes that they continue for the rest of their lives. Whether it be an entrepreneurial endeavor, a fitness routine, or a productive habit, they know that real impact occurs when you make small changes consistently over a long period of time without quitting.
I, on the other hand, have always been the short spurts type of gal. Dip my toe? No thanks…I’ll jump right in. I’ll swim a few laps and almost drown, drink my fair share of sea water as the waves smack me in the face, then do the walk of shame back to my beach chair – hair in shambles, bathing suit half coming off, and I’ll be finished. For like, the season. Have you seen a YouTube vlog of mine lately?
Consistency, my dear friends – THAT has been my issue. So I devised a plan for myself; a goal, if you will. I call it the 30 in 30 Challenge. I would dust off my treadmill, remove the drying towels and boxes, and use that bad boy for 30 minutes, for 30 days straight. If I missed a day, I would have to start over at 1. Instastories came in right on time because I posted a 10 second video daily to keep myself accountable. When I started, I didn’t know if I could do it. As the days went on, my commitment got stronger. My resolution and healthy fitness habits got stronger as well. Before I knew it, no excuses were big enough to keep me from my decision. Tired? Time of the month? Too late in the evening? Too early in the morning? Hacking up phlegm for like 3 weeks straight? Tough. You’re getting on that treadmill.
…and I never missed a day.
Yesterday I completed Day 30. This was never about the scale for me, in fact I broke up with my scale so I can’t tell you if I lost any weight. What I CAN tell you is that after 30 days of consistently sweating myself into a tizzy, my mind is clearer. It feels like a fog has been lifted. I am much more positive, productive, focused, action-oriented, and connected spiritually than I was before I started. You say, what’s the big deal about 30 minutes of exercise? Some of you go to the gym for two hours a day; you jumped right in and stayed there. That has never been me. I needed to learn to be consistent – to do a little and not stop; to be patient and know that good habits yield results over time.
So now my treadmill is my new bff. I will continue my daily habit of 30 minutes and keep counting the days. If I miss a day, I will start at 1. Let’s see how high I can get 😉 Follow me on Instagram for daily instastories (they disappear after 24hrs).
Since the 30 in 30 Challenge worked so well for fitness, I wondered what else I could incorporate into my life 30 minutes at a time. My husband encouraged me to do a 30 in 30 Challenge for writing…so here I am. For the next 30 days I will be writing every day on my blog. Can I write a blog in 30 minutes? Can I think of something to say for 30 days straight? This will be much harder for me than jumping on a treadmill, but I am up for the challenge!
What would you like to incorporate into your life long-term? I challenge you to challenge yourself for 30 days, do it publicly, and hold yourself accountable. It’ll change your life.
PS: This blog post took me over an hour…Rome wasn’t built in a day.