We all have those good days that somehow turn bad. Here is where I have found the turning point is so we can avoid it...
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I know we all have these days, many of us have them often and I know for a fact that I get super discouraged when my day doesn't pan out as I pictured it in my mind.
What days am I talking about? I'm talking about when you wake upon feeling energized, ready to go and start to get a lot of things done and then all of the sudden I catch myself later in the day having gotten nothing productive done, or nothing done to get me closer to my goals.
What happened? Well, let me paint you a picture real quick here...
Here's How The Days Start
(insert annoying alarm clock sound)
It's early in the morning and my alarm goes off, but for once I actually am looking forward to getting up as I am well rested and have big goals for what to get done and learn today.
So, I get started.
I take a nice walk after getting out of bed and kill my morning workout.
I eat a very healthy breakfast, usually some eggs and broccoli and then hit some meditation for ten minutes before jumping into the blog and other work to be done for the day.
The day seems to be going flawlessly for the first few hours and I am grinding out a ton of work as my brain is clear after a nice meditation, walk and a good nights sleep.
I even crank out a little more homework that I had from last night that I needed to get done before heading to class.
The mental discipline is through the roof in the morning, sticking exactly to my plan and not deviating from what I know is the "right decision."
Not eating those cookies right away in the morning and causing brain fog or sleeping too long and causing unneeded stress in my life.
Then One of the Following Happens
Then what happens?
I fall off course just a little.
I eat those cookies, instead of sticking to the meal plan during the day.
Or, I push off working on my goals in place for watching Netflix or YouTube videos.
Or I don't do my homework that night and push it off until the next morning because I just don't feel like doing it.
Or I sit on social media for far too long instead of reading or learning something that day.
Anddddd The Rest of The Day Starts to Look Like This
I start to have the mindset that "oh I already fell off track once, one more time won't hurt," thinking I will still be able to get everything done.
I eat more junk and cause myself to experience brain fog and just get lazy the rest of the day, not getting anything done.
I miss the gym thinking that I will have more time to do things and then next thing I know, I am two hours deep on a Netflix movie instead.
I keep pushing off homework because I will have time tomorrow, then do nothing productive and cause myself for sure stress for the morning.
I chose YouTube over working or learning about what I am passionate about and next thing you know I am pushing off everything until "tomorrow when I have more time."
But guess what, this same thing happens tomorrow and next thing you know "tomorrow" turns into two weeks later you are finally getting to work on what you want (for a few days at least) and you feel very behind.
Once you have that one action, or a combination of actions, that switch the momentum for our days, it gets choppy from there.
So, stay in control of the day and win the mind game!
Repeat this for years and this is how many people live...
What Kind of Results This Leads To In Life
Countless days/ weeks/ months/ years of inaction.
"Tomorrow" becomes the most common phrase of the week when you are constantly thinking you are somehow going to have more time tomorrow.
Or thinking that you will just get started "tomorrow" because getting started today wasn't going to plan.
The problem is, a lot of us say this every day and then "tomorrow" turns into days, weeks, months or sometimes even years of in-action.
Meaning you aren't getting closer to your goals, you aren't working on what you are passionate about and you aren't excelling in life.
At this point we are just going through the motions and then so many people wonder why other people are so much more "successful" than they are, I wonder why...
Just remember, we are what we do, not just what we think about. Sure, thinking about your goals and planning them out in your mind will make you feel good, but they won't impact your life until you actually start doing them, not just pushing them off every day.
How to Course Correct This Habit
This is almost definitely a factor in why you are struggling in one area or another.
This is going to be one of the easier solutions to hear but open of the harder ones to actually implement as it will take a large amount of mental discipline, I know you guys are up for it though.
Usually around late morning, or maybe lunch time, through the early afternoon and evening are the times when you are going to start to be tested by your mind to start to do something that will switch the momentum for the day.
Maybe those Oreos are calling your name, maybe you haven't been on social media all day and you are itching to see what people are doing, maybe you have been dying to see that next episode on Netflix.
Whatever it may be that is tempting you to head off course of your goals that day, recognize it and force yourself to not get tempted. I never said it was going to be easy because sometimes all you want to do is eat that cookie or watch Netflix.
Right when we do that is when we start to lose the momentum we have created so far during the day and that is when the day starts to go downhill.
Once you make that one deviation, it is easier and easier to make more throughout the day until you realize that you really haven't gotten anything productive done for the day.
And with so many people having this happen right away in the morning when they lose the battle with their mind to get out of bed, no wonder so many people feel like they can't gain any traction.
Recognize when you are starting to get tempted and then force yourself not to, or at least push your deviation off as late into the day as possible.
Pushing that deviation late into the day will be a good starting point if you feel like you just can't go all day without craving that "sweet tooth" or watching Netflix.
Wow, just like that another day on the blog is in the books! Thanks for all the support and if you enjoyed this or learned anything I just ask one thing: bring a friend back tomorrow! Time to make personal development more "normal" because it is at the foundation of every area of our lives. Stop back with a friend tomorrow-- yourmmntm.com/blog
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