While faithfulness is a concept simple to understand in hindsight or when the process of achieving a goal is clear, an intended encouragement in the moment to “be faithful” can sometimes feel vacuous, even meaningless. Why is this? After all, faithfulness is a virtue.
Indeed, faithfulness is a virtue. Faithfulness entails an ideal or a plan, something guiding one’s actions. There has to be something to which one can be faithful. If the encouragement to be faithful seems to fall empty, well, maybe it is. This may be one’s first clue in assessing one’s approach to the problem. What is the plan? What is the ideal or the set of ideals one is striving to achieve? How does one know when a goal has been met or an ideal achieved? Simply put, how does one know if the plan is being followed and if the end of the plan will result in accomplishing the desired goal? The real test of one’s routine is, when one is feeling out of control or overwhelmed, can your routine carry you through? What I mean is, when you ‘feel’ like you don’t know what to do and you find yourself doing the things you’ve always done, are you still moving forward on your goals or are you coming full stop on your productivity? Whether one’s dealing with writer’s block, an exercise slump or even some degrees of depression, a good routine will continue carrying you through difficult times.
We are all faithful. It’s human nature. If you have a daily routine or any routines for that matter, you have shown yourself to be faithful in something. The meaningful question is, what is your faithfulness producing? What are your routines producing? Do you have an ideal routine or what I call my Perfect Routine? Do you have wins built into your routine to continue pulling you through when you are out of gas to keep pushing? Let me share what I mean.
My Perfect Routine:
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