Yep… it happened.
Didn’t take that long either.
Something as simple as reading 2 pages in the morning, and I couldn’t do it!
I was totally distracted!
Now, in my defense, I DID use my time wisely, updating and re-designing my website. That’s what I told myself as I looked at the book sitting on the nightstand and knowingly walked right past it. I guess I could “justify” that I did something productive.
But doing something – instead of what I am supposed to do – is not the point!
The point is to establish a routine, a habit, and become more self-disciplined.
The point is to do the “ONE THING” … not “Something”
As angry at myself as I seem here, I really am not beating myself up.
I recognize that this is not a life or death situation. It’s not even urgent.
And that’s the excuse that keeps us from achieving lasting change!!!!
How quickly and easily you get back on track has a lot to do with how gracefully you fail.
If you beat yourself up, if you keep telling yourself how awful you are, or how stupid, or act like it’s the end of the world – you won’t be able to get back on your feet and try again.
You’ll be too busy being angry and focusing on failing.
So what do you do?
Take a careful look at what happened and why. Is there a pattern there? Something you can identify that causes this result? If so, evaluate what it is and how you can overcome it next time.
Make the commitment to yourself to start again. Not tomorrow, not next week, but right now, today. I suggest you do whatever it was you meant to do, and DO IT NOW (or as soon as humanly possible).
Let yourself off the hook for messing up, but don’t let the task go. Don’t brush it aside as a “missed” day. It’s ok to slip, but don’t just ignore it.
Be certain to “do” whatever task you missed – today – before you go to bed.
Speaking of which, I’m off to read 2 pages of a book!!!!!
Till next time
We all let ourselves down from time to time.
It’s a part of the human condition.
And it’s OK!
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I believe that every human is unique and valuable,
even if they aren't able to recognize it themselves.
I believe each and every one has the power to create a great life
once they recognize -and accept- their value.
Even as a child I've been able to help people change the way they see themselves - helping them move from a "victim" to an "owner" mindset. I help them to gain self-confidence and recognize their strengths. I've discovered that it's only when you do that, can you "get un-stuck" and "Jump Start" your life.
What drives me is helping others to succeed, to be a support system while they are taking steps toward their dream, and to watch them celebrate their victories.
The Biggest Lesson I've learned is the power of your mind. It truly does create and destroy.
It was quite a shock when I realized the power that my mindset played in every part of my life - good and bad. Discovery wasn't enough though, it still took me decades to harness this power, learn to control it, and develop a system to help others master this in a fraction of the time it took me.
Taking responsibility - even for how others treated me - was one of the hardest adjustments I had to make. To move from Victim to Owner mindset was not only difficult, it was, at times, scary.
It is a move that I am thrilled to have taken. It changed my life and it can change yours.