A big reason I give up on things is allowing the overwhelming idea of something crush me rather than simply just doing it. The idea of having to get up and go to the gym even though it's Saturday morning and it's pouring rain. But it can be like that with anything - starting a new hobby, keeping up with your yoga practice, finishing a book, etc. Even writing this post right now is battling with my desire to not be writing this post because I have terrible writer's block. Some weeks I really feel like 'what do I have to say' - nothing. It's garbage. It's word vomit regurgitated by others in scripty fitness memes and esoteric Instagram quotes.
But really, if you want to find success at something you actually have to get up and do it. Not just write it down in your planner or email it to yourself as a reminder (maybe I'm the only one crazy enough to email myself ideas, I just really like getting emails). I know how unbearably dull that sounds, doing things. But let me tell you in my 25 years of wisdom here, you have to suck for a while and then keep going. Accept that in this immediate satisfaction society, you still have to wait for most things. The good stuff, I mean. The really satisfying feeling of a finished product that you made, seeing actual changes in your body post-workout, being able to manage a stressful event without blowing up. And these rewards have no timeline guarantee- we all work at our own speed. I cannot tell you why one person can handstand effortlessly in weeks and another takes years, even when those two people are physically quite similar. We all have our own shit going on. We all have our list of excuses and anxieties and stresses that battle us for not staying consistent.
So here, things that are helping me:
- do less things, do more meaningful things (you NEED to pick what you want based on your real life dreams)
- follow your dream for five minutes a day rather than giving it up entirely. Do what you can
- rest when you can (and don't feel bad about it)
Once you start doing things daily, the stressful mystery of it will fall away to the actual joy/pain of doing it. It won't always be pretty and most likely not easy at all, but give yourself the gift of consistency. Do what you love, every day. Just a little bit.
kyle + sara