I have lived long enough to realize that lasting changes in my life don’t happen usually with big overhauls in a short period of time. Nope, big changes are too jolting for my system. Furthermore, the great big , one-step changes are too difficult to sustain, and eventually I fall back into old patterns that are more comfortable. And I feel deflated and defeated…know what I mean?
However, the changes that I enact in my own life that stick are usually the SMALL ones. Yep, the small tweaks toward a bigger goal are the ones that are manageable for me, and I can keep walking them out over time. They keep me moving forward because I feel that I’ve conquered something….they build my momentum. I am encouraged that I can do it, and do more. The little changes, the small new habits, can be sustained over a longer period of time, and I gain strength for my game-changing secret weapon: staying consistent.
Why is that my secret weapon? Well, consistency, according to the dictionary, is the “steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, forms, etc.” the more manageable the size of the change I want to make, the more I am apt to stay consistent. I get comfortable with working the change into my routine, it becomes habit, and I can easily stick with a new habit that I’ve formed. (In fact, the momentum of staying consistent will carry me through the moments when I straight despise doing it “one mo’ time”!) I then stay steadfast, and that is what gets me to the place of seeing results. Where have I see this produce results? In many area of my life, but here are 3:
My walk with God. I read the Word of God to renew my mind to how God sees things so that my life can be transformed, so that I can know Him more intimately. It takes time for His thoughts and ways to take root in my heart to affect change in my life. I need to consistently soak my heart with His Word so that change can manifest.
My fitness journey. I have been here on the planet long enough to know now that just because I exercise doesn’t mean I’ll see my core get stronger or some weight fall off IMMEDIATELY. No, it takes me doing the small things, like walking and free weights and parking father away from the door and not drinking as much soda…you get the picture…to really see physical changes.
Homeschooling. My tenure as a homeschooling teacher has been 13+ years. It took several years of just sticking with it (and sometimes just sticking it out) in order to see some of the fruits of my labors in my kiddos. And it has all been worth it!
It takes time to build up momentum in anything that you do. But once you have it, it’s a powerful propellant toward what you are seeking to accomplish. I encourage you to pray, make small manageable changes, and build consistency (even through challenging moments). This in turn will create a momentum in your life that will help move you forward towards the lasting changes you want to see.
How have you built momentum in your life? Please share in the comments below…I’d love to hear from you 😉
Here’s to lasting changes,