I’m a big fan of Proverbs 31 ministries. As a Christian wife and mother, I’ve found such timely inspiration and advice there for managing my day to day. Sometimes the advice is so timely, in fact, that it’s a little creepy! A few years ago I was feeling quite defeated, in a rut and just like I was ready to give up on ever attaining my goals when I opened my email and found this devotional thought by Nicki Koziarz. I was stunned by the title: “5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit”! Really?
Needless to say it shook me out of my reverie and the first on Nicki’s list is perfect for today’s Monday Mayhem:
“a woman (or man) who doesn’t give up gets up each morning and follows through with her commitments, despite how she (or he) feels.”
Did you catch that? Despite how she feels! We can apply this concept to stumbling out of bed on a Monday even though the weekend is hanging on like shackles–or sitting down to write even though our muse has left the building. It’s about pushing past defeat and just doing the work. Just putting one foot—or one word—in front of the other. Nicki says
“Her feet are firmly positioned in the day’s tasks. While quitting may seem like an option, she refuses to become someone others or God can’t count on. Her heart understands that she must be found faithful in small steps to be trusted with big steps. ‘Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much …’ (Luke 16:10 NIV)”
So, what have you been trusted with today? What tasks are on your to do list? Don’t make any excuses, don’t succumb to that temptation to push the snooze button. Get up! Because standing is half the battle. Next is pointing your mind and body in the direction of your goal. On a Monday morning, that might mean the bathroom. At the writer’s desk, that might mean the research you’ve been putting off. The point is less about the task and more about your position. Will you turn away from what’s uncomfortable or towards it? It’s easy to turn away, but then you’ll find yourself in the same place. Better to suffer a bit of discomfort for the sake of reaching the destination.
We can do this!
So, here’s the battle plan for today:
- heat up the teapot, wake up the kids (if you have kids) and invite them to join you in step 2!
- Grab a jump rope or pick up your imaginary skis and for 1-3 minutes jump! (or hop side to side as if your sailing down a snowy mountain)*
- The kids or your spouse will think you’re crazy, but tell them to get their own skis!
- While you’re shouting orders to the household (“Brush your teeth!” “Make your lunch!” “Get off of your phone!”), pull out a chair and do up to 20 triceps dips (take quick breaks as needed!)
- Repeat step 2 and 4 at least once before heading to the shower.
When you get a chance, check out Nicki’s blog to learn more about her book, 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit
Want to have a “regular” week? Try my tasty, high fiber, raisin bran sweet bread and if you want an alternative to coffee, why not give Postum a try? It’s the BEST coffee alternative on the market—you’ll just have to order it from the Amazon market since most grocer’s don’t carry it.
*To modify for low impact, see Energizers page