It has been nearly a year since I have written anything for my little blog. Call it lack of motivation I suppose. The funny thing is that I’ve thought about certain subjects many times over the months but never followed through on writing any of them down… Shame on me! I think the thing I needed but didn’t have was a more entrenched habit of writing. That is what I hope to achieve in the long run. The problem is that I’ve had such a hard time starting back up. Over the past few weeks I kept saying to myself “you just have to sit down and write something- anything!” Then I would remember that it has been so long and I would forget about it and fall into a different (and probably less constructive) activity.
I think a lot of people struggle with this exact same thing throughout many aspects of their lives. To be sure this isn’t the first time that I’ve procrastinated and put things off (homework anyone?). Almost every time, I use that initial procrastination to put things off again and again until it’s too late. The good news is that as long as there is air in your lungs there is opportunity.
The opportunity I have today is to pick up where I left off. I have a chance to try again and I’m going to take it because why not? I’ve had success with building habits in the past. I know that for a fact. I have a mean habit of saving money. I have a habit of going to my climbing gym twice a week. I walk down the street to buy a coffee almost every day and just this year I’ve started to try and incorporate a stretching habit into my daily routine. These are just some of the things I do on a regular basis without even thinking twice. Some of my habits I have picked up unintentionally and others I have willed into existence.
This idea of habits is one that pops up into my life time and time again. I realize more and more that they can be incredible tools to achieve my goals or they can drag me through the mud and keep me down for long periods of time. While they are hard to master it is possible to control your habits. The difficult thing I have found with habits is that they take a long time to build or a long time a get rid of. It takes a lot of will power to overcome a fleeting moment of passion/boredom/laziness/excitement or whatever it is that life is throwing at you right about now.
Sometimes it takes ignoring all that your sensors are telling you about the environment around you and staying focused on what you are trying to achieve. We have so many subconscious bells and whistles that tell us what we want and what to do to feel comfortable set against our feeble reason that is ready to power down at the slightest ‘easy way out’ sign that we come across. Yet that reason is the source of our power when it comes to controlling our habits. It is a way to decide things rather than letting them happen. This post is a welcome back to deciding what and how my life will be…