Read: Post Challenge
When I reflect on the past couple years of my life and the decision to become dedicated to self-growth and development one of the obstacles that have been difficult to overcome is the habit of finishing strong.
For example, back in 2009 I did the P90X challenge with my husband, brother, and father. I did 60 days strong of healthy eating and the workouts, lost 10 lbs, and felt great! Obviously the title of the program is P90X, not P60X. So I’d say I didn’t finish very strong.
Around 2011, the hubby and I were involved in Primerica, an amazing financial services company who helps middle-class America. We started strong, but I remember in December of the year we took about a 2-week hiatus to watch the whole series of LOST on Netflix. We literally got to the point where we were fast-forwarding the series finale because we had watched so much TV we could hardly stand it anymore. We were like zombies locked in the house. Any progress we had probably made earlier in the year was brought to a complete stop. Every year in my planner I write notes in the month of December to “Finish Strong”!
I’m sure if I dwell on it I could find countless other examples of starting something with enthusiasm and excitement… only to dwindle out in the end. The beginning does not seem to be the hard part.
With this reading challenge I felt strong in the beginning. I felt so good, had positive energy and a great mental attitude from my actions of doing what I said I was going to do. By week 3 I wasn’t as engaged in the challenge. I did a bare 30 minutes a day, and I missed the one day of reading on August 4th. I found myself less engaged in the content and more so looking at the timer to see how many more minutes I had left.
I’m not sure why this happens and how to fix it. Granted, I finished Napoleon Hill’s book in the 2 weeks and started on Spin Selling by Neil Rackham in week 3. Maybe it was the book I am reading? Or maybe it’s just me. Maybe it is something I need to embrace and stop feeling bad about? Maybe it is the way I will be guided to new adventures, or maybe these are the excuses I tell myself.
I don’t have the answer, and I don’t know if I will ever find it. It makes it difficult to tell if I am moving forward or staying in one place. All I know is that I believe there is truth in loving yourself. I love myself.
Our first challenge has commenced, let’s see where this takes us.