I have been consistently working out for a few years now, around four years. One of the things I discovered was that I can take one week and not work out and not lose my motivation. I can take two weeks and workout only two or three times per week, and again that would not knock me off my game, but if I hit a third week of inconsistent exercise, it feels like starting over. I lose the best part of my forward progress, and I start to move backward.
I believe this is true of the human condition. If we don’t move forward purposefully, our best case is we stay status quo, but more often than not we move backward. Notice I did not say aggressively. Life is a marathon, and “sprinting” takes too much effort for the gains that you will get. Purposeful, reflective, forward movement will garner great results. The enemy to this kind of movement is no movement at all.