My January goals revolve around being consistent. I tend to gravitate naturally toward being inconsistent, so this is quite a challenge for me. Even in little tiny things, I tend toward mixing things up. For example when making a list, I might start with numbers or bullets but literally at the third point, I change it, without thinking at all. It’s funny, I’m actually consistently inconsistent.
I’ve thought that maybe this is just an inborn trait, and maybe I need to learn to work with it, but that doesn’t seem to be the answer. I’m starting to realize that consistency is also dedication, discipline, and perseverance in the face of difficulty. It’s not giving up when things are disappointing or when something else seems like it takes priority over your established priorities.
Consistency also means not letting other people’s agendas derail your plans as well as not blaming other people, and it means learning how to say no and stick to it. All of these things are hard for me. No wonder consistency doesn’t come easy!
But I’m going to do it! I’m using a technique from Gretchen Rubin that monitoring significantly increases your chances of developing a habit. So I have a routine laid out for January, and I can check each thing off as the month goes by.
So far, it’s going ok, but I noticed this morning that I forgot to write this blog last night! And it was the kick in the pants I needed to make sure I’m writing every night.