It’s not that hard to be the kind of person that does something every day. The kind of person that wakes up and follows the routine. We all do it every day. Unfortunately, most of these routines are unintentional and not particularly helpful.
What is difficult, is starting a new routine for the second time. We’ve all had moments of inspiration that caused us to take up a new diet, practice regimen, workout schedule, or something we think will benefit us if we can only stick with it. And we do stick with it, for a week. Or a month. Or a year. But sooner or later we miss a few days. Then a week. Then a month. Then a year. After a long enough period of shame and disappointment we might finally say “Hey I should start running again.” and maybe that’s what we do.
So what can we do to close that gap? To start over the day after we fail to meet our goal?
We can start by acknowledging that we have no chance of meeting our goal every single day. It’s not going to happen. So don’t be disappointed when the inevitable happens.
Then acknowledge that it’s going to be really hard sometimes. Maybe those are the times when we fail to show up. That’s definitely going to happen.
Then take pride in the act of starting again. There is nothing more admirable than someone who is able to leave the past behind, all the shame and guilt, and start from square one with passion and intensity.