Consistency Sabotage— mishaps over wins
When you choose a task that you want to become a consistent habit, we often look at our mistakes and think, this time I will do better. But what you don’t know is that by thinking “this time will be different” what you are actually doing is setting yourself for another fail.
Try and take the opposite route.
What if you look back at times you were successful? What made them a success? How could what you learned from your success lead you to being consistent?
For example, My son recently gave a persuasive speech as to why a spoon is better than a fork. He used a spoon for every meal, spaghetti, steak, you name it he ate it with a spoon. He managed to finish his meals, and he was proud that the spoon, in fact, proved itself a worthy accessory. He learned that he could take an uncommonly used utensil and have it accomplish his task. He also got an A on the speech and his teacher said it was “Epic.
So how does his success lead to setting out to do a task consistently? -He took action -He took creative ownership of his idea -He used humor to get him through the rough stuff -He accepted that using a fork was NOT an option
Can you see where these skills might lead to being consistent?
If your goal is to eat more vegetables at each meal, using my son’s success, it would mean you would have to: *Decide to take action.
Are you ready, willing and able to make sure you have a vegetable handy for each meal you eat? *Take ownership.
What vegetables do you like? Which vegetables will you have on hand? My son didn’t let the spoon stop him from eating. *He was empowered by his choice and found humor in using it.
I remember a time I thought that brussels sprouts smelled like “in-between your toes” or I figured they must taste that way too. Until one day I shredded them and had them in a salad. They were wonderful. Then I roasted them. I loved them. Find humor in your task. *He accepted that he was using a spoon. He didn’t try to use something else. This was what was for supper and using a spoon was how he choose to eat. And it worked out.
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