Progress; Not Perfection
Updated: Sep 2
During this time of COVID-19, the concept that I have been reminded of repeatedly is Progress; Not Perfection.
Change Takes Time
In Ayurvedic terms, my constitution is Pitta dosha. This means that I love to learn new things, I understand concepts fairly quickly, I am detail oriented and focused. It also means that I can overwork myself when I get out of balance. I might get sharp and pointy with my responses. My gaze might set the thing in front of me on fire. Pitta dosha is a combination of the elements Fire and Water. Fire transforms what it touches fairly quickly. So when things take time…and when my Pitta is out of balance…my patience may be in short supply (can I get an Amen Pitta sisters and brothers?). We also live in a world of INSTANT GRATIFICATION! I want that thing - so I ordered it on Amazon and it came the next day!
When there are habits that we notice don’t serve us anymore and we decide to make a change, it can be challenging to remember that not only does change take effort- it also takes T I M E. I continually have to remind myself that it takes about a month to create a new habit. It will take 4-6 weeks before I begin to see the results of some of my physical activity. It takes the body’s bone cells that long to repair a fracture. Inflammation has to settle a bit before the osteoclasts come in to clean up all the fragments. Now the little bone building osteoblasts can lay down new bone. It’s a little construction zone. Anywho…
As a Gen X-er, I am both analog and digital. I still love a paper calendar and to write things down in a notebook, but also have a dozen apps on my phone to help me out. (Having a Xennial husband helps me in the digital department.) I set myself reminders that will pop up on my phone when I want them to. Sometimes I’ll set an alarm if I want to make sure I don’t overdo it sitting in front of the computer. Insight Meditation Timer is super helpful when I need help focusing with meditation.
Slow and Steady
Remember to give yourself space…and t i m e. Write down your goals and continue to work towards them daily. If you fall down, stand back up, dust yourself off, and continue to move forward. Ask for help when you need it. You don’t have to do anything on your own if you don’t want to. Continuous small changes will eventually make a big impact. What are the systems you can set up to help you make progress?
Yours in Wellness,