Are you a sports fan? I’m not. But I often have sports on as background to my cleaning and chores on the weekend. Still, you don’t have to be much of a sports fan to know that there are always streaks going on, both of the winning and losing kind. Someone has scored more than 20 points in 20 consecutive games. Someone else has made a tackle in 30 games. A third has not lost on his serve for ten matches. You get the picture.
What I like about streaks in sports is that they honor perfection while not expecting it to last forever. Everyone, from fan to announcer to the players themselves, know the streak will end at some point. The basketball player will only score 18 points. The football player will sustain an injury and not get to play. The tennis pro will lose on his serve. And then what happens? Well, with the very best players, the streak begins again. They keep aiming at those goals and don’t particularly let a setback stop them. And while it’s inevitable that a streak will end, the more you do something, the more likely you’ll be able to do it the next time.
So your motivator for this week is to start a streak for something you want or need to do. Whether it’s exercising, not complaining, drinking 8 glasses of water, or even sending some love to your librarian, start your streak today. And then keep up with it. You’ll find it surprisingly motivating to be able to put that check mark on your calendar each day. Go for a month, and you may just have a new happy habit formed. And if you flub up, guess what, the streak begins again the next day.