this took repetition for me to re-master at 46. (photocredit 9 year old)
When we lived in Oakland we had a marriage counselor whose name auto-corrected to Dr. Creepy.
Remember, we have Dr. Creepy today! Dr. Creepy called…
That tidbit is only tangentially related to my post, yet each time I think about it I smile.
So I share it with you.
Currently, Lately I’ve realized (thanks to Austin’s version of Dr. Creepy) how crucial consistency is for me.
In all facets of life.
I was aware with regards to fitness/healthy living.
I kinda knew with regards to parenthood.
I wasn’t in-tune with this with regards to my marriage.
I don’t need big exciting surprises—I require small gestures repeatedly.
I’ve created a first aid kit for the BIG stuff.
No need to whisk me off to Costa Rica–just pause each night and ask about my high and low.
I’ve mentioned this realization to friends and it’s funny (odd not ha-ha) how consistently they’ve responded consistency of action (same nightly query) wouldn’t be satisfying to them.
They desire/thrive on new or grandiose where, for me, repetition isn’t boring—it’s the key to success.
Repetition is how we create habits we desire and it’s consistent effort (even when the ‘effort’ always looks the same) which propels us forward.
Repetition of new skills creates new habits.
repetition of #wycwyc helped me ‘learn’ to drink only 1/2 my soda
For good and for bad.
We can also “learn” to isolate ourselves and “teach” ourselves food comforts when we’re sad through these same repetitive behaviors.
Repetition is key to mastery and routine does not mean boring.
The final five words above are pivotal in my world right now.
Routine, like “work,” seems to be a word which has received a bad rap as of late.
I’m working on new behaviors and focusing on creating new ways of thinking.
Repetition (which here greatly resembles routine) is key for me to make these new ways of living reflexive and second nature.
we are all Superwomen when we repeat the habits we seek.
The challenge for me is to stay the course.
To maintain my routine even when I don’t see immediate change.
To remind myself of this post’s title (and of something we address consistently with regards to fitness):
To repeat repeat repeat even when mastery feels elusive and repetition threatens boredom.
to the Doodle’s delight re-mastery demanded repetition.
- Do you find repetition crucial when trying to master new thought processes/skills?
- Do you associate the word “routine” with boredom?