“Push through Sandy!” This is the pep talk my supportive husband shared with me a couple of years ago as I had a small meltdown regarding some business goals I had that year. I repeated a series of action steps and I wanted to be at a different place in my business. I felt discouraged, but in actuality, I had done all the right things to succeed. As I heard the words “Push Through” the acronym came to my mind “P.U.S.H. Practice Until Something Happens.“ I always knew “Pray Until Something Happens” was an encouragement to have faith, but the word, “Practice,” was the answer for me.
Faith without works (action) is dead. Practice means “repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it.” Practice molds our excellence, and helps us to become the best version of ourselves. The journey to success reveals the true nature of our character. It requires us to make mindset adjustments along the way. I call these moments “check points” along the journey. Check points remind us “why we do what we do” so we can gain the proper perspective to continue our venture. Anything worthwhile is going to take major introspection, time and constant effort to build, but the return is amazing.
The same is true for our new year goals and resolutions. We are motivated to make the necessary changes to get to our desired goal. We sign up for classes. We go to the gym. We begin the day promising to keep a positive attitude. We try to stop smoking. We take action and hit the ground running. At some point we calculate the measure of our work (check point,) and we may or may not be happy with the result. Success comes with consistency. There is no other short cut to it. At some point, an opposition will arise or a distraction will try to take us off course. Instead of trying to be flawless, realize that challenges will come.
Check points can be scheduled as often as needed. They can be done daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly. Their intended purpose is to create self-awareness, or emotional intelligence. My goal is to “check in” daily, if possible. Sometimes I journal this process in a notebook, type notes on my computer, or meditate on these questions as I go for a walk in my neighborhood.
Regularly schedule a time to do a “Soul Inventory” to ask yourself these important questions:
Creating new habits is really about transformation. Allow check points to bring about the positive change you desire in life.