Consistency: My Greatest Personal Strength

n604922829_509432_1437After reading the title for this post, I know you’re jealous. Everyone knows that consistency is the key to everything. Well, I’ve got this one nailed. Consistency is my greatest personal strength. I am consistently starting over.

So here I am again—same show, different location. Starting over. This is my second attempt at keeping a blog. The last one I began in July of 2007. I had one post that year. Yep, one post. My second post showed up in May of 2008. There were a total of five posts that year, the last of which was in July of 2008. One solid year with six posts.

I’m not sure why I have such a hard time being consistent with new projects, but it’s been the story of my life. If I had been born within the last 20 or 30 years I’m sure I would have been diagnosed with ADD. I have such a hard time staying focused. But I’m not satisfied with staying that way. I’m starting over. Today. Fresh. Sort of like a person who really wants to quit smoking, I’m not giving up. I believe in the old adage: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

I really do want to write, if for no other reason than to bring some clarity to my own thinking—to bring focus into my life. I like it when I am focused because it means that I am living in the present moment. And the present moment is the only place where I can come face-to-face with the living God. To just be with him. To hear his voice. To receive his love. To discover his treasures.

If you’re on a treasure hunt, and you really want to find a treasure, you can’t be regretting what went wrong yesterday or afraid of what might happen tomorrow, you have to have your eyes wide open to what’s directly in your sight. Each of your five senses have to be on high alert so not to miss a single clue. That’s how I want to live my life—on a perpetual treasure hunt. Come join me.

P.S. I’m not sure how long it will take me to post another post, but don’t give up on me. I’m very consistent.

[The photo above is of my grandaughter, Ellie. After eating all of her ice cream one day, she turned the remaining cone into a telescope. She's on the lookout, too.]

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27 Responses to “Consistency: My Greatest Personal Strength”

  1. I really enjoyed reading your article, keep up writing such exciting stuff!

  2. Hey, I am also trying to get blog and am trying to get as much info. on doing so. Keep up the good work!

    The page looks great! Like the photo and the split you did with it. The page is also easy to view and makes it inviting to read. Thank you for giving me hope.

  3. Yeaa Mrs. Hyatt! I think you will love it. We can always Tweet you and ask for posts! :) There is a challenge to the dailyness of it. Right now, I am reading your and not posting mine. :)

    Glad you’re blogging, I had looked for a blog for you and not successfully.

    Cheers!

  4. Hi Gail, I never thought I’d find someone who would explain, so the over 20′s chicks like me, could understand some of the mysteries of this technological world. I hope my picture comes up, otherwise I feel I have let you down.

  5. Shelia,

    I am gaining such respect for bloggers as I attempt this again. It takes courage, patience, focus and persistence to keep up a blog. Courage I may have a little of, but the others need a lot of work. So, I’m rolling up my sleeves, “putting my big-girl panties on” and getting to work. No more whining.

    Thanks so much for the encouragement in this endeavour. You are one of the very best writers I know and yours is one of the few blogs I actually read. You can be my mentor. I just wish you were on WordPress to help me with the technical stuff.

    See you Tuesday!

  6. Dearest Gail,

    Your words have been a source of life to me. Thank you for letting God use you in that way. Your wisdom, your kindness, your creativity, and your gracious good humor are gifts to me. So glad to have a new venue in which to experience them.

    One of my favorite things about blogging has been that it seems help me experience everything more deeply. Attempting to give expression to something I have experienced requires me to ruminate and reflect…and remember. And, becoming aware, at any given moment, that something is happening that I will want to share helps me be more alert and attentive, more present in that moment.

    I hope this blog will be a source of blessing to you. I know it will be to me.

  7. Janice Philpot (JaniceP) Reply February 7, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Gail,

    I think I read one of your first blogs when I first began twittering. I am so glad you are blogging again . . . it gives me hope that perhaps I might give blogging a try one day. I always look forward to your tweets, and now your blogs.

  8. Delighted to see you have joined the army of Bloggers. Bloggers are special people, they go, say and do what and where others do not.

  9. @Andy:

    Thanks for commenting. I can neither confirm nor deny your last comment. ;-)

    I’m still dreaming about Meyer Lemons. OMG – God’s candy.

    Gail

  10. Gail!

    Awesome!

    I look forward to reading your posts! After all, we know who the smart one in the family is…

    AA

  11. Gail,

    Awesome. I am so proud of you for jumping back into this. The family that blogs together stays together. ;-)

    Mike

  12. My favorite thing about your husband is how much he Twitters about you! I didn’t know you went to Baylor University. My daughter is a sophomore there and before that we knew nothing about Baylor. She is in Maastricht (The Netherlands) this semester. So nice to get to know you here.

  13. Hi Gail, I’m very much like you… a “starter.” I love starting new projects, but if I follow my natural inclinations, I sometimes have a hard time following through. I love new beginnings! However, I’ve been blogging for nearly three years now, and my consistency has really grown over this time. I think the interaction with readers motivates me and keeps me coming back. My whole life I was really bad at keeping journals even though everyone said I “should.” But once I was able to actually have people READ my “journals” it became fun.

    My husband started a blog and his record of posting was about like yours. I had to ghost-write his blog for awhile! It seemed pointless so we gave up. I have three blogs of my own to maintain and that is enough for me!

    Glad you’re here. And how does it feel to be the most well-known CEO-wife in the virtual universe???

  14. Gail

    I know the grace of God brought us together to encourage one another. You encourage me.

    I find your honestly inspiring and how you are showing by example that His mercies are new every morning.

    Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with us.

    Looking forward to your next post

  15. If you don’t put things down, I think you let them go! I am working on my blog today actually!

  16. Awesome post and we thank God for consistency. Not everybody can say that is their strength. I have a feeling that this time you will stick to it. Going to bookmark you and check in from time to time.

  17. Gall – I am happy you are back at it again. I love searching and finding treasure with you. You lead a great expedition my friend. Blog on!

  18. Follow Michael on Twitter and found your blog. Consistent beginnings is a fabulous way to start each new day! Enjoyed your message! Keep it up!

  19. Gail
    Welcome to the blog family, I start a blog a few months ago and I don’t write alot of blogs, I have learned alot reading Michael’s blog,and I know I will learn alot from you. My prayers go out to your entire family,

  20. Mom,

    If I could sum you up in a blog post, this would be it! Every single thing that I love and adore about you is here!

    -Your never failing spirit to succeed
    -Your constant strive to live in the present
    -And your never wavering from the infamous “treasure hunting!”

    I love you so very much and can’t wait to hear what wisdom you will be able to share through your new blog!

  21. Gail,

    God is into new starts. He gives us a new start every day, every week, every month, and every year. This is just a new start for you! Congratulations!

    Jill

  22. Well… welcome back to the blogging world. Consistently or not :)
    Blessings,
    DeeDee from AL

  23. Gail–welcome to the blog world. You’re going to enjoy it.

    Don’t be overwhelmed. Learn a little more about it each day–there are tips and tricks that everyone has discovered.

    Thanks for sharing Michael with us this week at Recreate

    Blessings

  24. Gail–I love it. Thoughtful. Inspiring. Authentic. Genuine.

    No pressure. If you’re doing this for you. You don’t have an audience to please. If you’re not familiar with it, the book “List Yourself” is a treasure in itself.
    http://www.amazon.com/List-Your-Self-Listmaking-Self-Discovery/dp/0836221796

    Each page is headed by a list topic (e.g.”List all the idiotic things you’ve done for money”; “List all the phone calls that changed your life”). The rest of each page after the topic is blank ruled paper.

    Great inspiration for deep and whimsical and probing self discovery.

  25. Yay! I’m so excited about your blog. You have so much wisdom to share…and now you can share it in more than 140 characters at a time.
    :-)

  26. Great post mom! I can identify. Hey, how do I subscribe to your blog? I don’t see a subscription box.

  27. Hi, Gail! I’m so happy and excited for you!
    I’m consistent in many ways, too. LOL.
    You’re a jewel. Thanks for sharing your facets with us!!
    Love,
    Karla in Indiana

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