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A Formula for Success: Persistence and a Kept Promise

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
workout, persistence, promise-keeping, self-love, self-care

I was listening to an audible book called, Girl Wash Your Face the other day. She talked about keeping a promise to yourself or the lack thereof in such a unique perspective. We do our best to take care of others but when it comes to our own lives, not so much. It isn't because we don't want to. Life happens and we get caught up in it.

As I mentioned before, one of the things I incorporated back into my life was exercise. I made up so many excuses as to why I should hold off. Everything from the membership fee to the look of my workout clothes and if I had someone to go with swirled around in my thoughts.

I finally had enough. I got up one morning before my alarm went off, got dressed in a T-shirt and shorts, prepared my work clothes, and headed out the door before I had a chance to change my mind. There was ZERO planning for any of it. Planning out a schedule and workout routine came after this crazy morning. It worked!

Now I work out about three times a week before work. This is a small step in the direction that I desire. On days when I am dragging, I bring my clothes to go after work. The promise I made to myself to be healthy exceeds losing weight. It is an evolving lifestyle of better choices I make on a daily basis.

"Whatever standard you’ve set for yourself is where you’ll end up . . . unless you fight through your instinct and change your pattern." Rachel Hollis, Girl Wash Your Face

manageable schedule has really helped me become persistent. Even on days I messed up and ate what I wanted, I knew that I still would have to go to the gym. I knew that I would have to work off that candy bar I ate or the Chic Fil A I picked up earlier. Even when I eat what I am supposed to, I am going to the gym. Three times a week for now.

When I look into the mirror, I see a girl full of life. I see a girl that wants to travel the world and impact those around her to be the best that they can be. I see a girl that is beautiful and loved and wanted and is just as important as the others around her. This girl has scars from hardship, rejection, pain, and low self-esteem. She wears her scars with grace and her soul is full of light. To be this girl on the inside and out is my standard and I will not accept anything less.

Rachel's insight went beyond health and fitness. It can even be applied to other things in life like relationships, professional settings, productivity, and so much more. This is my starting place. What is yours? Do you often find yourself on the back burner? Do you feel overwhelmed? You may not be the only one.  Share it in the comment section below.

Note: The book mentioned in this post is just a really great book. I would recommend it to everyone! The opinions and perspectives are my own. Thank you for stopping by. Until next time!

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