How You Do One Thing Is How You Do Everything
Have you ever heard the saying, "How you do one thing is how you do everything"? I can't remember where I first heard it, but it immediately struck a negative chord with me. "How could that be?" I thought. "That is an unfair generalization." I dwelled on it for a while which should have been a sign that the maxim actually has some truth in it.
Delving into the self help/therapy world over the last few years, it has become clear that indeed how I do one thing is mostly how I do everything. I can see a common thread in how I handle my health, finances, relationships, and career. I can even see the commonality in smaller ways like how I clean my apartment, how I organize my mail, how I fold my laundry. I approach most tasks with good intentions at the outset, adequate effort, and not always the best follow through. I haven't completely figured out why this is my pattern, but I'm pretty certain it has to do with my belief system which can be summed up as "I'd like to do this, I think I can do this, but I am scared to try because it might be a failure/I'll be embarrassed/I'll feel not good enough."
I've been thinking about all of this a lot recently because I'd like to improve my life overall. The good news, I've decided, is if how I do one thing is how I do everything, I can start on the small and easy tasks to improve upon... finishing up my embroidery sampler, completing the 30 Day Challenge on the Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel, calling friends more often, bulk grocery shopping to make life a little easier during the week, clearing out my inbox, running 3x a week. I am hoping that these small actions can have an bigger ripple effect on my life so that I can proudly know that indeed how I do one thing is how I do everything.
Photo: Cristian Newman