Do you ever plant a seed and then continuously dig it up to check that it's growing?
That's exactly what our minds do when we are trying out a new habit - pulling it apart, questioning every bump to figure out whether it's making a difference. Strangling the new habit with an unrealistic time scale!
When we embark on any new habit, without us realising, we have expectations and judgements on that new habit. If we don't see or feel the results straight away - our mind uses it as an escape route to feel discouraged and give up to avoid the feelings associated with low motivation and drive. It's safe and comfortable there for the sneaky mind but it comes with that feeling of failure and questions your worthiness. It doesn't feel nice to be in that discomfort and self doubt zone.
One of our biggest blocks to repeating the new habit consistently are these expectations and judgements. We are programmed to want quick fixes and instant results but the reality is any worthwhile long term change we decide to step up to and master takes time, consistent effort and practice. The habit is in the practice.
Discouragement and low motivation is normal with any change you make. It is part of the journey, the process and if you push through it, you'll be growing your resilience and learning to turn the other way when your mind is making excuses of why you can't fit that in today. There will always be excuses but you will learn to make those excuses quieter.
Wherever you are on your journey, the beginning or sitting in that discouragement ditch, know that by changing your mindset and knowing that it is normal to feel like this could be the difference in moving forward instead of giving up. This is part of your growth.
Move into change with emphasis on the process, praise the effort you're making, the small wins and do not judge if it isn't working out the way you thought it may look or feel, there is a lesson in there somewhere.