My Bad Habit

Boston: Boston Marathon Finish LineI seem to have a nasty habit that I've been carrying with me for at least 10 years now. The earliest memory I have dates back to right before I got pregnant with my first child.

It was then I decided I wanted to learn how to play the guitar; acoustic, to be more specific. My mother in law loaned me one she had laying around, I picked up a beginner's guide and set to work. Within a month or two, I became pregnant and immediately gave up the guitar to put all my focus on my pregnancy and the new life growing inside me.

I never did pick it back up again.

Before I got pregnant with my fourth child, I took up running. Then I quit that, too. I attempted to start up again, but it quickly dissolved.

Two years ago, I joined the Bible in 90 Days challenge, and I quit in Acts. (Isn't that terrible?! Finally get to the "easy" reading and I stopped)!

I'm a quitter. There's no way to sugar coat it. I don't follow through on much of anything. I rarely finish books. I never finish Bible studies. I begin things with a bang, but they quickly fizzle out. This is a terrible habit to have!

There is so much noise around and rather than finish what I've started, I want to hurry up and move on to the next thing.

Do you ever get like that?

I never fully experience what I've set out to do because I don't finish what I've started. It's a terrible trend to set in front of my children, too. In fact, my daughter (9) has picked up on this habit and is following in my footsteps. Yikes!

So what can be done to buck this trend?

  1. Remain consistent. Do whatever it is I set out to do every single day. If  I allow any gaps, my interest begins to wane.
  2. Don't take on new projects. Stick to one thing at a time and do it well.
  3. Reward yourself at the end. Sometimes we need a little incentive to keep us moving forward.

Once upon a time I had another blog called, "Journey to a Gracious Woman". Yea. I quit that, too. But it's a good thing I did, because Joyful Mothering wouldn't exist.

Writing has been the one thing these past 2 years that I have kept at. Oh, I did start an eBook and quit that. Maybe I should pick that up again?

This bad habit won't push me beyond my limits, and I need to be stretched. It's the only way I'll grow.

So today's the day. It's the day I quit quitting. The first thing I'm going to do is finish my eBook.

What have you started that you've never finished?


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