This weekend last year I was training hard for the Pike’s Peak Ascent. Leading up to the Ascent, I did the Black Canyon Ascent this very weekend last year, six miles uphill all the way. I’m not a very good athlete so it was very intimidating to me, but I finished it and it gave me so much confidence for the next step of my training for the Ascent. Since the Ascent where I met my BIG goal, I have not been running much. I’ve been walking, hiking, and trying to stay active, but I have not been running like I was last year. This weekend my husband decided to run a race in Eagle, Colorado. We were checking out the trail ahead of time and we did around a mile hike up and a mile back. Oh my goodness, I realized how out of shape I am because I have not been continuing that training.
I broke the chain.
Jerry Seinfeld talked about this. When he was doing his comedy he said he would try to write every single day. He would have a calendar and he would cross off the days when he would write. It enabled him to get better and better at writing because he didn’t break the chain. If you want to accomplish a goal, whether it’s writing or book, or it’s finishing a race, or whatever it is, it is so important to have consistency, to continue to do it. Otherwise, like I found out this weekend, I was out of shape.
However, you can always start fresh again. If you haven’t been writing and you want to write a book, just start writing again. Write a blog post. Write a journal entry or write a letter to a friend. Do something and write. Write another 500 words towards your book.
Just start writing.
If you need some extra motivation, I encourage you to get out a calendar, and every day you meet your goal, to cross it off with a big red x or whatever you want to do, and try to maintain that consistency.
My husband CJ last year set up training for me. I would follow it to a T. It was because I was following the training schedule because I wasn’t breaking the chain so to speak, I was able to succeed. I was able to not only finish the Pike’s Peak Ascent last year, but I was able to break my biggest goal and do more than I ever imagined I possibly could do.
I encourage you today, whatever it is, keep going.
Don’t break the chain!