Sometimes we look at life in totality and it can seem so daunting.
Other times we break it down into more digestible chunks, but ones which still have the potential to cause weariness. So many months till this, so many weeks till that, only a few more years until a milestone is achieved.
I’ve written before about the pitfalls of fast-forwarding and the pleasures in pressing the pause button, but I realized today that there’s a happy medium: the inspiration that comes from those tiny achievements and little mile markers that you reach.
They’re the moments of small victories that keep you going until you make it to the next one. There’s value in focusing on one day each week for a weigh-in, then on the one the week after to see how much more progress you’ve made. There’s good that can come from exercising a sore knee, regardless of whether you want to or not, because you’ll be able to look back in a week’s time and realize the good it’s done, and that you’re able to bend it a few more degrees.
There’s a solid benefit to sometimes keeping your head down and your feet moving, one in front of the other, because sometimes that’s all we really need to do: keep going. We know the task is long, it’s arduous, it’s irritating, frustrating and tedious, but the same way “the early bird gets the worm” rings true, so, too, does “keep on keeping on.”
Whatever your method for movement, whether daily, weekly or some other timeframe, those little points just down the road in front of us can help us keep our eye on the prize. If you think you’re not making progress, just look at where you were last week.
And then last month.
And then last year.
Patience during the process is key. But keeping on when you feel like you’re making no progress is crucial…because you are.
Tonight I am thankful for the reminder that we didn’t get to where we are overnight, and that if we want to make a change, all it takes is time, dedication and patience.