It’s not enough to do it once – you gotta do it over and over and over and hey! Get up!
There’s a quote that’s attributed to a bunch of different people depending on which bit of the internet you ask, so we’re going to slap it down without putting a name to it in case the original person was racist or a murderer or something. Strap in for some unsourced wisdom!
“Sow a thought and you reap an act
Sow an act and you reap a habit
Sow a habit and you reap a character
Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
It probably makes more sense if you’re a farmer, but hopefully you get the idea… (If you didn’t, reread the headline and go from there.)
Start today, not tomorrow
Whatever it is you have to do, it’s not going to be the last thing you ever have to do. There’s always an excuse to put off starting your fresh new life, whether it’s being too busy, too tired or having aaaages before that assignment’s due. But if you’re making those excuses now, chances are you’ll still be making them when your habits become a character or whatever. So start now. Consistency begins with the first step.
Once you’ve started, keep going
…and it continues with all those other steps. This is the tough part. Discipline is what you’re going to need here, to keep things going. And here’s the thing – that discipline is going to have to come from inside you. Maybe right now – if you’re lucky – you’ve got someone forcing you to do the work, to be the best… but one day it’s only going to be you and the mirror. Better to build those good habits right now, because it only gets harder as you get older.
Obviously we want you to do your best, but you’re only human. Don’t beat yourself up or shrug in hopelessness if you go off the rails. It’s never to late to dust yourself off and get back to that consistency. Discipline doesn’t mean you never make mistakes – it means you acknowledge those mistakes and do your best to get back on track.
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