Give Yourself Grace

May 14, 2013 — 2 Comments


Last week, I was indirectly bragging about getting up early and working out. I talked about being weird because normal is dumb.

Well, for most of the rest of the week, I didn’t wake up early and work out, and I didn’t do all that much writing or reading. Or healthy eating.

An example of why I need to give myself grace.

An example of why I need to give myself grace.

By the end of the week, I was feeling like a pretty big screwup. I started to chastise myself:

“Why can’t I do something as simple as get up early in the morning?” “Sure, get another pizza. There’s always tomorrow to start eating healthy. Even though you say that every day and probably never will.”

But then I thought: There really is tomorrow to start afresh.

Now, I know there’s no guarantee that we’ll have tomorrow and if we always wait for tomorrow to make changes in our lives, change will never come.

But the beauty about every day is that it ends. No matter how bad it might be. No matter what we didn’t choose to do but should have, or no matter what we chose to do but shouldn’t have, tomorrow doesn’t have to be the same as today.

In the midst of getting down on myself, I saw an Instagram picture of Michael Hyatt in his pajamas at 11am. On the same week that he published a podcast episode all about creating an early morning routine and everything he does before breakfast each day.

He had just returned from the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast and he was giving himself grace. He had a full schedule at the Leadercast, and was giving himself grace to recuperate.

This was a helpful image for me. I’ve been going through an incredibly busy time at work, home, and school lately. Not that those circumstances justify my settling for less, but the simple fact is, I’m going through a lot. It’s not the end of the world if need a break from time to time.

The challenge is continuing to strive for excellence even when we do fall short. Frustrated that you didn’t get up early today, write today, go to the gym today, or eat healthy today? Try again tomorrow.

Whatever you do, don’t stop trying. Too often, we’re either all in or totally apathetic. We make these sweeping lifestyle changes and goals, but then drop it all when we slightly deviate. But any progress in the right direction is better than doing nothing at all.

So where do you need to give yourself more grace?



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  • scrhill

    Learning to give myself grace was the biggest lesson I have learned since becoming a mother. Thanks for the reminder, Austin!

  • Leah

    Austin, you are awesome