Rumor has it there is a key to success. Have your heard this rumor, too? This one special thing that is the key to improvement, the key to growth, the key to discipline. Consistency, that little tiny key that will open the locked trove of favorable outcomes. Parental consistency is the key to discipline. The key to a closer relationship with the God is consistently pouring into your spiritual life. The key to a strong marriage is consistently working to put each other’s needs above your own. Consistent practice is the key to perfecting your sport. The key to blogging is publishing consistently and having a consistent social media strategy. All of this has me wondering:
If consistency is the key to success, am I locking myself out?
This is where I drop my pretenses and admit to you that I’ve been floundering in recent weeks. I am letting myself be a bit more vulnerable, letting you in on some of my struggles, my failures, as well as some future plans that I hope to initiate in the coming months.
Recent weeks have been good but crazy. We have had sickness in our house for seven straight weeks (okay, that wasn’t so great); we drove 24 out of 36 hours to move our daughter home from college for the summer (that was better than great!); we’ve had company for several days (loving it!); we have prepared our home to have a wonderful young intern stay with us for a couple of months (this is really exciting!); my school year has finished, and with that has come grade preparation and the usual end of year crunch (whew — one day I will learn not to save all the projects for the last few weeks!); there is a stack of cards on my desk for thank you’s, graduations, birthdays, Mother’s Day — all of them now past — that have not been mailed (this makes me sad, and mad at myself again). And don’t even get me started on exercise! May’s “1st on the 1st” challenge was going to be “Couch Potato to 5k,” but the inability to hold air in my lungs has slightly bumped that plan! 😯
Then there are all of my plans for prioritizing my personal devotion time, starting a Bible study with the women in my neighborhood, and getting more involved in small group activities. Well, let’s just say that some days I feel like “failure” is spelled W-E-N-D-Y.
And oh, this blog, which hasn’t seen a new post in 13 days! That means I am missing one “1st on the 1st” and two “Weekly ‘Why Not?’“ challenges, two Christmas preparation posts, and at least three articles that I had planned to publish by now (including a response for being nominated for the Liebster Award — thank you, Kathleen!).
My friend, I feel like I will never find all the little keys that must be hidden under my plans and dreams. Have I locked myself out of success? Now that I have managed to drag you down, let’s climb out of this pit, shall we? When your child makes a mistake, what do you do? You show grace. Sure, you try to make it a teaching moment, but ultimately, you show grace. But what do you do when you make a mistake? Or just get behind where you think you should be, like I am right now? If you are like me, you beat yourself up, you criticize, you do anything but show grace.
So today, I am stepping back from that frantic focus on what is not done and I am showing myself grace. I am giving myself permission to make a new plan, and I am giving myself time to implement that new plan. There are dozens of ideas swirling in my head for post series, site redesigns, logos, even personal branding and business ventures! But all of that is secondary to the investment I want to make in the people who make my life the blessing that it is. I will not allow that multitude of half-drafted posts and unfinished cards to nag at the back of my mind; rather, I will set aside time this week to finish the most important items. Let’s face it, the world will simply not end if I don’t tell you how to create a Christmas heart in May! 😉
Do you ever feel locked out, wondering where you put that all important key to success? In what areas do you struggle with consistency, and how do you make sure your top priorities are receiving your most consistent attention?
“Why Not?” show yourself a little grace this week and allow yourself a “do-over,” then go out and conquer your corner of the world!
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