There are no shortcuts to building good habits.
Sometimes, I wish I could find a shortcut, or a magic trick, that would take my good intentions and build them into solid practices in my life. Right now. A way to shortcut the personal discipline required to craft new habits and reform my character. In other words, I wish there was a way to reach the goal without taking the journey.
As I measure my progress on my goals, my new years revolutions, today I see progress but I also see a long way to go. The momentum is building. However, it would build faster if I just pushed myself harder. At least that is what my logical brain is screaming at me.
My heart has a different attitude, however. My heart tells me that each time I put my intention into practice, no matter how well I perform it, it counts. My heart tells me that it is all about the journey, and that I never reach the final destination. The goal, no matter how I define it, never gets reached.
I know this is true. I know that even after I accomplish my current set of goals (or abandon them), there will always be the new set of goals. My life is a constant stream of moments where I get to decide who I want to be. The eternal now doesn’t end. With each breath, I make a choice. Who do I want to be? Now. Now. Now.
The goals change over time. The opportunity to redefine myself in each moment never ends. It is the constant in my life. That is the journey, and that is the experience of being alive that I choose to embrace. Even when I feel tired, or discouraged, or angry, or anything less than joy and enthusiasm. Because that is who I choose to be. A personal on a journey. A person who lives in the moment with her heart wide open. A person who walks gratefully on the path she sees before her, appreciating the wonder of life, the joys of the journey, and the surprises along the way.