Consistency is a big part of any successful practice.
Additionally, for most undertakings, consistency is a key to attaining long-term success.
Regardless of our efforts though, sometimes we fail to be as consistent as we should be or as we wish to be.
Take this post for instance, it’s being published online a week late.
This delay certainly wasn’t in my original plan, nor does it match my ideal situation.
So, what happens when we fail to be consistent?
What happens when we miss a day?
What happens when we drop the ball?
Among other things, my delay in posting this likely breaks expectations I’ve set about posting once-a-week. Additionally, to some extent, it harms the overall sense of reliability of this site and myself.
Here’s the thing though…
No irreparable harm was done.
The world didn’t end.
This fact is important to remember as we travel through life.
Consistency, reliability, and doing what we need to do is important.
At the same time, balance, flexibility, and an understanding when to let go are just as important.
For the vast majority of situations, tripping up and missing a goal won’t cause significant harm to others, and it won’t lead to the end of our world, no matter how it may feel at first.
We won’t always stay on target 100% of the time, and occasionally we drop the ball.
We are human.
We make mistakes, and that is okay.
On top of that, sometimes we have conflicting situations and must choose between two important options. Due to circumstance, we must let one thing go in order to take care of something more important.
That is okay too.
We all operate under constraints, and do what we can with what we have.
It’s how we respond when we break our consistency that is important.
By understanding that stumbling is normal and natural, and by forgiving ourselves — and others — we can pick up and move on.
When we accept that sometimes we have to make a tough choice to prioritize one thing over another, even when they both matter, we can make the best of what we have.
Getting back in the saddle, accepting our present situation for what it is, and moving forward is the key.
So, if you find yourself having broken the consistency you’re aiming for, realize it is okay.
It’s about progress instead of perfection.
Now is a new moment, and by accepting what is, you can get back on track.
Actions to take:
- Accept that we all drop the ball sometimes.
- Get back up, accept the current moment for what it is, and move forward.
Fellow Journeyer @ BigSkyRise
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