Picking back up...

We've all been there.

We tell ourselves we are going to do something. Finally. You're making it happen. You've committed to it. (kinda, lol)

You're doing it. You're excited. You've strung together a few days in a row, maybe even weeks.

And then something happens and you don't get it done that day.

A bit down and out because you had a good streak going.

But after a day or two you pick back up and try again.

Again something comes up, just not feeling it so you miss again for any number of reasons.

And then again, and again, and you are finally right back where you started, not doing the thing. That thing could be quitting drinking, smoking or drugs. ( I was there for all 3)

It could be walking more.

It could exercising.

It could be eating better.

It could be doing yoga.

It could be reading every day.

It could be any number of things that you know will make you better and improve your life in some way, shape or form.

You'll try again maybe in a few months, or next year, or some other time in the future.

I know this well. I did it with drugs for years, maybe even a decade.

And I still do it in so many areas of life.

As it relates to this post, I've done it with blogging and writing consistently.

And now here I am attempting to pick it back up.

Picking up the pieces of another failed attempt. ( And here is the cry of my son waking up. another failed attempt?) We'll see.

I'm back. (5 hours later)

It's definitely a challenge. Staying consistent, that is.

And to be honest, it's the hardest part of anything.

Mustering the courage is always tough, but it's a "once off," meaning that once you can get yourself to do something, it's over. No more fear of doing it.

But staying consistent and making something a habit is the toughest part. So what advice can I give to be consistent?

Like I always say, it depends. But here are a few : 1.) Write it down - write down what you are after, why it matters, and what happens if you don't make it a reality. Then put it somewhere you can see if many times a day, like your bathroom mirror.

2.) Stack it - one of the best ways to make something a habit is to couple it immediately after something you already do all the time.

3.) Tell someone you trust - ask someone who you know won't BS you to be your accountability partner. Ask them if they can stay on you about it, and tell them to call you out when you don't do it.

4.) Never Give Up - Never. No matter what. You can at least commit to not giving up on what matters to you. As long as you don't give up on it, you can keep trying again. Its not gonna be easy, but it will be worth it when you finally stick to it.

I hope this makes sense. Please let me know if this helps, and if it does share it with someone who needs to hear this message, like I did today.

Peace, love and fitness,

Matt C.

P.S. Fam this is in direct response to my 3 month hiatus from writing. I'm committing to 2x's per week right now. And if you don't see me in your inbox, call me out, please.