I had a small moment happen to me this morning – which in actuality was a BIG moment. For the past 3 months I have been waking up at 5 am to exercise. Now, I will be the first to admit that I am not perfect at this – I did NOT get up every morning and go. In fact there were a couple of weeks – not in a row – that I stayed up too late during the night and I just couldn’t wake up to go. So I didn’t do it perfectly, right? In fact a good week for me was going 4 times during the week. And that was sometimes few and far between. The point is I didn’t exercise perfectly – BUT I did try and I did do it. And when I DID go, I put in effort.
This morning I was feeling the desire to want to check on my progress. 3 months ago I had measured various parts of my body as a starting point. This morning I measured myself again. I was nervous – what if there was no progress? What if I hadn’t done enough to see results? But I felt drawn to see where I was. With each measurement the numbers were indicating that good things had been going on inside my body. After measuring I discovered I had lost a total of 9.25 inches from all over my body – with 3.25 of that being in one spot!! I just have to celebrate here for a minute – YAY!!! 🙂
I don’t share this story to say “YAY look at me – I lost all those inches!” But to say that small, consistent efforts CAN and DO pay off. It really felt sometimes that I wasn’t doing very much. Especially on those mornings when I didn’t go. BUT I kept trying – kept trying – kept trying. I didn’t let a bad morning (or a couple of bad mornings) stop me from trying. Don’t let a bad day or a bad moment stop you from trying because all of your small and consistent efforts ARE going to add up and you will see good results. They are coming – so keep going – even if you feel that you aren’t doing it perfectly.
I have a confession to make………I am a recovering perfectionist. I once thought that things had to be done perfectly. The more I live my life and ENJOY it – the more I realize it’s not about doing things perfectly – what matters is that you do them – perfect or not. If you keep trying your small efforts will turn into BIG results – and how exciting will that be? Oh, yea, can you feel it……. That is going to be worth celebrating!!! 🙂
Cheering you on!