Monday Motivation: On the way up… Again.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” ―Aristotle

Repetition is the base of developing a good or bad habit. We’ve all heard the quote that “it takes 21-days to form a habit”; some sources state it takes between 21-28 days. In recent times, new research shows it can take a minimum of 2 months or MORE to develop a habit. BUT, the time to develop a specific habit–exercising, writing, networking, praying, family focused time, healthy eating, etc.–all depends on the individual and that time can vary from person-to-person. No matter the amount of time required, repetition develops a habit.

What trait do we need while developing a good habit? Forgiveness. We should be forgiving to ourselves; it helps manage our spirit on days we are not consistent or have “fallen”. Falling down or making mistakes are part of life. When we focus on developing good–health, career, emotional, relationship, spiritual, etc.–habits, we will experience set-backs on our journeys. Focus on the goal and do not allow set-backs to hinder the progress. As Bishop Dale C. Bronner states, “I’m either up or getting back up.” [I hope I have the quote correct. Needless to say, it’s either the exact quote or close to it. But, you get the point.]

Don’t stay down… GET UP

As a recovering perfectionist [that’s a lie, I’m still working on that slight character flaw], making a mistake or “falling down” creates a feeling of disappointment, discouragement, or even a guilty feeling inside. That struggle to battle those feelings continue until I have some resolution in my spirit and mind. I can’t wallow in self-pity or feel guilty for a simple mistake–whether big or small; I observe, learn and move on. Mistakes are a part of life and I will fail make mistakes or miss/skip-a-day as long as I do not give up. The mistake of falling down will not kill me. It’s the staying down, giving up, letting it all go, the “awwww fuhgeddaboudit”, and “I quit” type of attitudes that instill the development of the opposite habit.

“The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake.” Nelson Boswell

It is ok to make a mistake; learn from it and do not repeat again. Missing or skipping a day to developing a good habit will not kill you; don’t miss or skip 2-5 days in a row. Remember to give thanks for tomorrow; it’s a new day with no mistakes.

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” L.M. Montgomery

Yesterday, I missed a blogging day, a run-a-mile challenge day, a meditation day, the eat less than 1500 calories day (well, it was 2-days of no eat less than 1500 calories)… FUHGEDDABOUDIT! [I love the expression of “forget about it” written in my last statement and I attempt to say it with a NY/NJ accent. Doesn’t work so well with my southern drawl.] I have a new day, today, to chart back on course again.
{Good} habit developing and purpose driven,

Fight. Finish. Faith. (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV)


About Life and Shifting Seasons

Lover of God, jazz music, movies, books and nature. Southern girl. Smiling face. Spelman grad. Delta Diva. Almond butter/Nutella addict. RunningNerd. Aspiring author. Blogger. Focusing on living an Ephesians 5:16 life… Making the most of EVERY opportunity!
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