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August 9, 2011 / windlessly

Importance of keeping with a habit daily

Yup, I’m back. (Just a quick apology to those who checked my blog expecting new posts but didn’t find anything. I was on vacation with awesome awesome cousins and now I’m finally back home.)

Chances are, if you’ve ever promised yourself you’d change a habit or start a new one before in life, you started to flounder a bit after a month or two. You’d hit up the gym, feel great about doing workouts for a month, and then suddenly find yourself going every other day, twice a week, only on the weekends, and then not at all. Or maybe you promised yourself you would write every day or scrapbook or practice scales or do devotions, only to drop it after a week or so of continued effort. It’s weird how unpredictable life can be, huh? There always seems to be “something” that happens to mess up your plans. And after that one day of missing your habit, it stretches into another longer gap, which eventually snowballs into destroying your self discipline. 
The thing to do is not to give yourself any excuses. You’re just so tired and sore from a week of work and you think you can’t possibly go to the gym. So, do a few push-ups and crunches at home. You’ll be out of town for the weekend. Bring your notebook or scrap booking stuff and force yourself to cut out a block of time to do it on your trip. It takes more effort to start up a habit after a brief hiatus than to just do the habit every day. Commit to something daily and eventually it will become routine. 
On vacation with my cousins, I suddenly found myself without the time to keep up with my blog. I would’ve felt much better just doing a short post everyday, rather than feeling like I “have to catch up” now that I’m back. But I’m not that worried- spending time with my cousins was definitely worth it. And now that I have the first post in a long while done, I can comfortably get back in my habit.
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