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A little while ago, my coach shared this with us: “Commitment is doing what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left!” In my own journey, even though my commitments and excitement have been strong, they are certainly not enough to keep me going. Moods change all the time so what has been strong enough to carry me through? My why – my reason for doing what I do.
I love to make plans and get excited about ideas but I struggle with the self-discipline to see those ideas all the way through. It’s hard to stick with something when I really don’t feel like it or its no longer exciting.
I have wanted to start a blog for a few years but have never made a move to actually start one until this year because of my struggle with self-discipline and my fear of failure. I started creating my blog in January but instead of feeling successful in any way, I was constantly bombarded with doubts. It was like a classic “one step forward, two steps back” scenario. There was always a reason not to keep moving forward: “There’s already so many mom blogs out there.” “What do I really have to offer?” “I couldn’t even stick to a major in college for more than a semester so why should I think this will be any different?” “What if the only people that ever like what I’m writing is my family?” To name a few…
Seven weeks ago I made a couple of changes in my life that have really helped me practice self-discipline and work on addressing all those doubts. First of all, I joined a BeachBody challenge group to kickstart a healthier lifestyle. A part of this challenge group is committing to working out every day and eating based on the meal plan with that workout program. I have had to work through intentionally choosing to press play on my workouts and sticking to the eating plan especially when I don’t feel like it. How? A strong WHY. I have also started working through a devotional called “100 Days to Brave“ by Annie Downs which teaches you what brave looks like and helps you to take baby steps towards living a brave life.
Seven weeks in and what do I do now when I hear those doubts and feel the fear? I surrender it all to God so that I can stop living by fear and begin living by faith. The other part in pushing past the fear is figuring out WHY I’m doing what I’m doing and holding onto that tightly. When I know my WHY, I will be better equipped to stick with my commitments long after the mood I said them in has left.
To be an example to my daughter of someone who is willing to be vulnerable and push past my fears even though it’s super uncomfortable. I also want to see men and women encouraged to live their best life through making God-honoring decisions.
I love that God has promised He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6b) and He has proven over and over again that when He makes a promise, He can be trusted to keep it. That’s why I choose to put my faith in God every day – which isn’t always easy because life can be a bit unpredictable. The phrase “a little faith”, is a reminder to me that putting my faith in God isn’t always these huge leaps but sometimes it looks like little steps towards Him. With this blog, I want to make myself available to God to use my life to inspire and encourage others. Most of my own inspiration comes from aiming to live an authentic, honest, risk-taking, faithful, adventurous, messy LIFE.
Thanks for joining me as I learn how to live a more authentic and brave life! 🙂