Tel Aviv is wet. Short rains mark that, yes, Winter is indeed coming. Being sweaty in Autumn is generally not an excellent Wintery sign.
And what is the first thing you do when you know the possibility of pools on the street is higher than usual? You bring out your boots.
My Blundstone has been with me for over a year now. Out relationship is a messy one but long-lived.
When I brought them home from the store, I was so excited. These boots look so good with practically any of my jeans or long pants. And they also add 1–2 cm to my height, which is a nice bonus.
The next day I put them on, and they killed my feet.
By the end of the day, I came home, and the only thing I wanted more than to throw them out the window was to put my feet in hot water. They were too tight, you see. But not at the foot itself — I didn’t need to change my size. They were too tight on my skin right at the calves.
For a day or two, I contemplated selling them or returning them. I talked about it with a friend from work, and she said that her daughter — who she bought those boots too — also said that. I wasn’t alone! But the difference between us was that the daughter changed her mind after a few days and said those are the best shoes in the world.
“Just put them on for a few days, and you’ll see.”
I was skeptic about it, but I was willing to try it.
So, I kept using them. Even when I didn’t want to, or it felt uncomfortable, I kept wearing these boots.
I didn’t revert to my old shoes. I was willing to give these boots a week of daily use. If I were still not feeling comfortable with them, I’d decide they’re not for me.
It was an easy enough decision. But I had to stay consistent. I had to know for sure and not cheat the system. Otherwise, this entire thing would have been an enormous waste of my time.
A few days later, voila. Everything changed. The elastic that holds my calves loosened up, and I could finally enjoy wearing these boots.
I have been wearing them consistently every time I wear long pants or jeans.
These boots have taught me consistency through this challenge. Here’s how.
1. Integrate The Action Into Your Daily Routine
If I hadn’t worn them every day, I wouldn’t have worn out the elastic to make them comfortable on my foot.
I could have tried to use something else to loosen it up, but then I would have risked making it too loose. It should become comfortable with my own feet and nothing else.
2. Set A Clear Goal
They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Well, when you know what to expect, you understand that it isn’t, in fact, insane to wear boots that feel uncomfortable on your feet.
I knew that when this was over, these boots would feel comfortable on my feet. It was a super clear goal to follow.
3. Define A Clear Window Of Time For Results
I was willing to give this challenge a week. It was a pretty arbitrary selection, but it seemed right to me at the time.
If I hadn’t given myself a deadline to live by and would have thought that these boots would ‘someday’ become comfortable on my feet — I would have returned or sold them way sooner.
By giving myself a deadline, I permitted myself to feel wrong about the results while not giving up, which is super important.
You want to allow yourself to vent if something isn’t working, but your deadline will keep you on the task.
Hopefully, this story had given you some food for thought on your own challenges in life. Try to apply these three rules to the relevant areas of your life and see whether they help you progress and stay consistent on your tasks.