My accountability partner, bless her, is working overtime to help me conquer one of my biggest challenges — consistency. She encourages and nudges. Asks tough questions that I don’t want to answer. Holds me to my commitments and deadlines. And never lets me forget that if I want to inspire change I have to get off my bahooda and do the work. Which right now means writing, publishing, and speaking about helping women find ways to make their lives count.
Some women never seem to get off track, never falter or lose their way. At least that’s how it seems from the outside looking in. The thing is I’m pretty sure that’s NOT reality. Who doesn’t hit a wall every now and then? Life isn’t seamless and effortless. All of us get stuck sometimes and get discouraged. Even the most confident-seeming women are plagued by insecurities and fears. Don’t you sometimes wonder whether you’re making progress or just spinning your wheels? I sure do!
The truth is that knowing where you want to go
and actually getting there is hard.
Whatever the goal, it takes a lot longer to reach than you anticipated. And there are always setbacks. Difficulties you never considered. Life is complicated. It can be overwhelming and frustrating. And let’s not forget the pressure we put on ourselves. Not enough time to get through the “to do” list. Trying to do it all — and all at once. And for me at least, it’s too easy to get distracted by things I can’t control.
I work from home so staying focused — oooh, Squirrel! —
and struggling with consistency is a constant for me. My husband gave me a refrigerator magnet that pretty much sums it up: So much to do and so much to distract me from doing it.
Maybe consistency isn’t your challenge but every woman confronts some kind of test. What’s your struggle?
Is it giving your entrepreneurial spirit a chance to blossom?
Raising kids on your own?
Dealing with health issues?
Working at a job that sucks the life right out of you?
Trying to live your purpose and make a living at the same time?
Or perhaps it’s squeezing in time for a little self-care, fun, and relaxation?
What’s your struggle?
We’re all on this journey together so let’s talk about our struggles. Reach out and support each other. Suggest solutions. Encourage. Collaborate. Celebrate successes. Together we can help one another be successful.
And if you’ve cracked the “consistency code,” please share!
I’d love to know your secret.
Bonnie Pond is an inspiring speaker and founder of the international Make Your Life Count Movement. She’s the author of The Power of Three: How to be Happy and Get What You Want in Life (Without Doing Anything Illegal, Immoral, or Unethical) and Unlock Your Creativity: 30 Days to a More Creative YOU! and self-described “Bahooda Kicker” who helps women stop settling for less than they really want in life. Her mission is to motivate women around the world to live their purpose, love their lives, and make them count.