This is how some monks describe the monastic life; falling down and getting back up, over and over again. Obedience and discipline are not easy.
I recently spoke with someone who is having great results on a weight loss plan, yet recent progress seems to have slowed down and she is not seeing any changes. As a Benedictine oblate I took vows of obedience to pray several times daily. Being faithful to God can be difficult, especially when we don’t always see the results. Through prayer my interior self changes; this I know after years of practicing discipline and holding onto faith. I am constantly falling down and getting back up.
Faith is important because without it I may not be fully motivated. I keep motivated by sharing my story with friends and family; allowing them to support and encourage me. We need each other. When I don’t notice results it’s important for me to remember that God mysteriously works in ways not always visible. God picks me up when I fall down and is always here for me, but I must also be here with God.