Midweek Mantra: Do it Every Day

When you have a dream, a vision, or a soul-shaking idea of what you want your life to be you are awakened to the gap between your current location and your planned destination. We are bombarded with success stories of people who have changed their lives, moved to faraway places, landed their dream jobs, or made radical lifestyle changes. We see the headlines, the big leaps that they have taken, the most daring acts of their journey. We don’t see the everyday slogging away that makes dreams into reality.

We see the ‘end of season reveal’, not the hour after hour spent on the treadmill or the meal by meal fight to eat well. We see the ‘New York Times Bestseller’ interview, not the days of staring at a blank white page and then the hours spent filling it with words, editing, manipulating, and creating.

It’s so easy to think that in our immediate gratification, instant data, and cheap fame society that creating something, changing your life, is just as easy. When we sit down to confront the real work of it, to take the giant leap, we realise that it isn’t going to be easy. It isn’t going to be immediate and there actually aren’t any huge leaps, just small steps and consistency of action day after day.

I struggle with this myself. Chris had it right when he reflected to me the other day that it seems that I want to do all the things. I want to write books, I want to blog, I want to teach people about a healthy lifestyle, I want to cook, I want to pursue further education. My problem is that there are so many things that I want to do with my life that I get exhausted by the thought and then end up doing nothing. All of these goals appear to need big leaps. I keep forgetting that it is the everyday action that will get me there in the end. Write a little bit every day and by the end of the year you will have many thousands of words to mould. I need to change the routine that leaves little time or head space for writing. I need to cut out the non-essentials and bear down on the creative moments that give me the most pleasure.

The same is true of any goal: if you want to run a marathon you need to train every day, if you want to lose weight then you have to work on that every day, if you want to build something you need to work on that every day.

Whatever dream or goal you have in mind you need to make it part of your life every day in a small but substantial way. One step at a time towards your destination.

Tell me, dear reader, how do you work towards your goal every day, whatever that goal might be?

5 thoughts on “Midweek Mantra: Do it Every Day

  1. As turning 39 yesterday my mantra dream believe achieve iy has taken me a long time to get to how I look today . It is a daily struggle for me my weight self confidence as a lot of my friends will tell you I might come across bubbly but my insiideis churning but since riding myself of the negative things in my life replacing it with positive up lifting people found a awesome personal trainer Leland Wilce fitness coach who can push me to my limits he is my mentor and now close friend so I push my self every day to be a better me

  2. Hi Amy the quote you shared and your post today really resonated with me as I am always wanting to do so many things but there never seems enough time. I have a book I have half written, a second idea for a business I haven’t got off the ground, and photos to sort out from a big 6 month trip 5 years ago – if I could just get one of them done I would be happy but never seem to be able to!

    My goal this year is to have a healthy baby, get fitness back and look at starting to run some races again later this year 🙂 It’s the little steps that count as well as positive thinking that you can do it 🙂

    Good luck with achieving your goals 🙂

  3. I’m so like this, I have so many things I want to do and places I want to see (travel, further study) that I end up just talking about it! Sometimes I think we should just do it and not think about it so much (I tend to analyse things a bit too much).

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