Every morning I start my day by reading affirmations and The Daily Motivator is one I visit and very often, like today, the message really hits home…
Persistence is really quite simple, and extremely powerful. If you don’t get it right the first time, see it not as a failure but as an opportunity for another more informed and experienced attempt.
The best response to a disappointing result is more effort. Feel the disappointment, let it make you more determined, and then move quickly to a highly effective state of taking action.
Do what must be done, then do it again and again, and again. Even the smallest action can have enormous impact when repeated often enough.
But how can you get back up when you’ve just fallen down? You do it by reminding yourself it’s clearly the best choice, and then making the choice to act in your own best interest.
Persistence is not always easy, yet it’s not particularly complicated either. You’ve made the effort before, so it’s really not such a big deal to go ahead and make it again.
Do that often enough, and your actions take on great power and effectiveness. Do that often enough, and achievement is yours.
— Ralph Marston
I broke my AF streak at 24 days this time and I’m still not back to day 1. I have been having drinks daily – in moderation at the end of very full and productive days. It of course brings to question all my earlier promises and statements about “I don’t drink” and the reality I have to face that I’m not sure I can quit forever. I’m not even sure I can even do the infamous 100 day challenge. I know at one point I will get there as Belle put it because it’s on my list of things to do in life – go for a longer period of sobriety, but I guess I’m not there just yet. I will not give up though and I will persist and keep taking actions to improve myself. My ultimate goal is to live a healthy and happy life. What this picture will look like is still being developed.
Now that I’m into my fresh new space – my reality is I’m tired and still not settled in and I have to give myself a bit of a breather/break. My personal life challenges keep coming hard and fast – with kids who are refusing to go to school or getting suspended. My close friend who just learned her 18 month old daughter has leukemia. SHIT happens and I know this is NOT an excuse to drink by any means. I know it means if nothing else I have to be that much more present and I believe that I am. I am also acknowledging my need for some down time. I know that the down time doesn’t have to involve alcohol and I’ll get back to my AF streaking soon… Persistence is key! For those who are like me… don’t despair, don’t give up and keep fighting!! I’m not perfect, but I’m honest about where I am at on this journey. I may receive some judgement from those who don’t truly understand but that’s their judgement. What other people think of me is none of MY business. I’m doing this for ME and no one else. My blogging is my therapy and I share openly about what’s going on in my head so I can live well outside of my head.