Do you ever get hung up on a mistake?
Let the Incarcerated Dwell on Past Mistakes,
We Have Work to Do
Unless you have been court ordered to be rehabilitated by a correctional facility due to a "mistake" (broken law), there is no reason your mistakes need to be in your brain longer than 2 seconds...seriously.
Don't dwell, ever.
Today, we will talk about the ability to get over past mistakes, quickly, on a very, very micro view.
You're going to fail, you're going to mess up, you are going to struggle and you will be challenged. That's life. But, what about the small failures? The small frustrations? In life, something as small as waking up, getting out of bed and stubbing your toe can set the tone for the entire day, in which you end up on a mentally self-destructive path, to ensure a bad day.
What about fitness? What about in a workout?
A skill you can't perform, a messed up schedule, a terrible performance, an unfriendly weight scale, a missed PR (personal record)...
The list could go on and on.
But you cannot dwell! You have to move forward, immediately erase from your mind what happened and look forward. Every time one of these "micro" issues comes up, immediately look to the macro. Why are you doing this? What is your goal? How happy will you be when you achieve it?
Dwelling on a past mistake serves no purpose, it is not constructive, and in the moment (micro view here), is absolutely destructive to your immediate success.
Your mind is your best friend and your worst enemy.
So what is an incredibly difficult, for most, micro-decision we could practice?
Waking up early.
Most people despise waking up early; it is just hard for people to do.
But there are a lot of reasons to wake up early:
1. Amazing start. Do you ever start your day by jumping out of bed, late as usual, and rushing to get ready? You walk into work, looking rumpled and barely awake, grumpy and behind everyone else. Not a great start to your day. You can get so much done before 8 a.m. and be way ahead of "average people".
2. Quietude. The early morning hours are so peaceful, so quiet. You can think, you can read, you can breathe, you can meditate.
3. Breakfast. Rise early and you'll actually have time for a healthy breakfast, instead of cramming the quick and easy food down as fast as possible.
4. Exercise. There are other times to exercise besides the early morning, of course, but getting it done first thing means it WILL happen. It's too easy for fitness to be "cancelled" because other things that "come up". Morning exercise is virtually never canceled.
5. Productivity. You will find that you can be way more productive in the morning hours when you actually sit down, have the time and WANT to be productive.
How to Become an Early Riser
1. Don't make drastic changes. Start slowly by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Get used to this for a few days. Then cut back another 15 minutes. Do this gradually until you get to your goal time.
2. Allow yourself to go to sleep earlier. You might be used to staying up late, perhaps watching TV, or surfing the Internet, but if you continue this habit, and try to get up earlier, sooner or later one is going to give. If it is the early rising that gives, then you will crash and sleep late and have to start over. I suggest going to bed earlier, even if you don't think you'll sleep, and read while in bed. If you're really tired, you just might fall asleep much sooner than you think.
3. Put your alarm clock far from your bed. If it's right next to your bed, you'll shut it off or hit snooze. Never hit snooze. If it's far from your bed, you have to get up out of bed to shut it off. By then, you're up. Now you just have to stay up.
4. Go out of the bedroom as soon as you shut off the alarm. Don't allow yourself to rationalize going back to bed. Just force yourself to go out of the room.
5. Do not rationalize. If you allow your brain to talk you out of getting up early, you'll never do it. Don't make getting back in bed an option.
6. Have a good reason. Set something to do early in the morning that's important. This reason will motivate you to get up. Like, right now!
7. Take advantage of all that extra time. Don't wake up an hour or two early just to read your blogs, unless that's a major goal of yours. Don't wake up early and waste that extra time. Get a jump-start on your day!
WAKE UP 30 MINUTES EARLIER THAN NORMAL
That's day 4!