As many of you know, I’m a big believer in the fact that consistent practice and exercise helps us get through our fears and over our obstacles. However, while I know the importance of consistent practice, I often fall short of my goals. I find that when I start doing well and getting better, I start to practice less. Why? I’m not exactly sure. I think it’s because I get so used to the fact that I’m getting better that I sometimes forget how I got there.
Let’s take for example, this one issue that I had been practicing overcoming. I had been working hard in showing myself that I had the ability to both distract my mind and get through something that usually made me quite anxious. Did practicing facing this fear help? Absolutely! Did I find myself getting better in this area? Absolutely! However, I soon started to concentrate on different issues and stopped working on the one I had been working on. So today, when I had to do what makes me anxious, I didn’t do so well. Why do I think that happened? I think I got anxious because I hadn’t practiced in so long.
Making progress is a good thing. In fact, it’s a great thing. However, we have to remember how we made the progress. I have no doubt that practicing on a consistent basis was what was helping me succeed. However, I took my progress for granted and I stopped doing the exercise that was helping me. So today, I paid the price and found myself struggling. Do I think I deserved to struggle? No. Does it make sense that I didn’t do as well in the past? Kind of. After all, I stopped doing what was helping me get through my anxiety.
If you struggle with something in particular, remember that practicing and exercising once in a while is not enough. For so long, we have told ourselves that we cannot get through something, wondered if we will ever get through it. We need to start showing ourselves that we can get through our struggles. We need to practice facing our fears and take the steps to show ourselves that we are stronger than our anxiety. How do we do this? We practice consistently!