Three months! That's the time frame 'they' (whomever 'they' are) say makes a habit. 90 continuous days will cement that activity into the realm of ritual! And we're three months - 90 days - into 2011, People of Blogland.
How goes the battle with your chosen word of the year? I am proud to report that the habit of morning pages seems to have gelled - as has the ritual of exercise. The latter is the hardest to keep up with - getting out, finding the motivation, summoning up the energy has been very hard on some days. But with the idea of CHANGE this year, I've learned a very important lesson:
Every day is a new start!
So I didn't get the morning pages done - no need to end the quest to free-write every morning. Missed a scheduled exercise - tomorrow's another day. Another day to work toward change in my life. I used to look at a missed date with myself (be it exercise or another goal I had set out) as a total failure or a wreck in the whole week. So I would refocus on the start of the next week. Half way through the month - oh yeah, an excuse(!) to shrug my shoulders for the remaining month and look at the new month as a restart date. Yikes, by the middle of September or sometimes as early as August I was convinced I would just have to wait for the new year!
But every day is as good a day as any to restart. A Do Over. And that lesson is very uplifting - freeing. That lesson has taken a great weight off my shoulders - the poundage of guilt.
There are still many things I need to focus on in this year of CHANGE - but just having the word hovering in my periferal, whispering in subconscious, has helped me in ways a resolution (or 5) could never do. Three months in and I'm doing pretty well - even if I do have to 'start' over on some days :)
What's happening with you, my friends? The start of April is just around the corner - do you have to renew your committment to your word (and if so, that's OK)? Have you found having just one word helps to keep you focused? Have you developed any habits over the past three months (and how come it doesn't take 3 months to create a bad habit - hmmm?)?