I'll be the first to admit that I can be a little extreme at times. I get so wrapped up in the potential of a new idea or opportunity that I dive right in.
I commit more time, money, and energy than is realistic and not long after I find myself feeling disappointed.
"There goes another wasted opportunity because I don't have the discipline to follow through".
Has anyone else said this to themselves or felt these feelings of regret and disappointment? Join the club of anyone and everyone who has set a New Year's Resolution only to find themselves at the beggining of February puniahing their failure with a box of Valentine's day chocolates and a Netflix original.
I don't this extreme approach all bad though. That initial rush of passion and motivation doesn't always go away and can sometimes lead to a life-changing experience.
For some - being extreme is the only way to get things done. For others *read ME* behaviours and expectations are crippling. Understanding this about yourself and knowing where that excitement and passion can best be directed will be a key component to your future success.
Let's take my workout schedule:
I prefer to workout in the morning - the earlier the better. When I had access to a car, this was easy to achieve.
When I moved out I found a route that got me to a gym for around 6:45/7AM. Then I discovered if I just walk 15 minutes, I can catch a bus that can get me to the gym as eaely as 5:30AM.
Jackpot! That's the one for me!
Just kidding.The bus that gets me "home" actually gets me within 20 minutes walking distance from me home.
I live in the coldest capital in the world right now. We also got regular dumpings of snow. Would you want to drudge through that after a heavy leg day?
How about getting out of your cozy bed at 4:30am to walk 15 minutes in -35 weather?
Basically what my extreme gym time mindset has done has set me up with the perfect excuses to not go to the gym.
So for tomorrow I am returning to my old gym ways. At least while the weather sucks. I will get an additional 45 minutes of sleep and actually get to the gym.
Like I said, there's a time a d place in your life to bring passion and motivation, but also understand how you work best. I like to wotkout early, but I also like convenience. So I catch a bus that is 2 minutes from my door instead of 15.
If you an recognize these opportunities to achieve a goal in a less extreme, and stress-inducing way then I truly believe you will see greater success this year then ever before.
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