Getting Back On the Horse

What’s going on everyone?  I’m back from my extended honeymoon.  I spent one week in Cancún (it was AMAZING) and then I spent one week traveling at work.  Hopefully I have been missed.  Do not fret! I am back with a message.

So, for the past few weeks, life has been hectic.  It seems like every weekend I’ve been at a wedding and/or planning my own.  And that’s a beautiful thing but it kept me tired and it hindered my ability to really refocus for the week to come.  Now that my wedding has passed and I went to the last wedding of the season yesterday, I decided that today would be the day I got back on the horse.  But how do you get back after being off for so long?  I’ve got a few tips that have worked for me in the past (yes, I’ve fallen off before.  Everyone does every now and then).

1 – Start your days off with consistency.  Whether it’s a quick workout, a hearty breakfast, time praying/meditating, or, in my case, all three, make sure you’re starting every day off the same.  This repetition helps your body re-discipline itself and know that rolling over and hitting the snooze button isn’t an option.

2 – Create a schedule. Time management is the most critical component to rebuilding good habits.  Even if you’re not exactly on time, knowing you always have something you should be doing is going to be a constant reminder that you shouldn’t just be sitting on your backside watching YouTube videos.

3 – Set goals.  Along with those goals, establish a plan of action and reasoning as to why it is important that you succeed at each goal that as been set.  Write all of this down.  Share it with your closest friend(s).  Seeing it makes it real.  When it becomes real, you don’t want to let yourself down.  And sharing gives your friend a role in your success because (s)he will be able to check in on your progress from time to time.

4 – Get organized.  Get the house cleaned.  Clean up your desk at work.  Wash your car.  Hang up your clothes up.  A healthy life starts with order.  Time management is important but, second to that, knowing that things are where they are supposed to be makes things go so much more seamlessly. When your shades are in the right place, it’s easier not to forget them.  When you’re headed out the door in the morning, you don’t have to fumble around to find them.  And, as pointless as I think it is, my wife loves it when I make the  bed. (It does feel good to come home to a house that looks like someone put some effort into it but don’t tell her I said that).

5 – Shoot higher than before.  You know how well you were doing before.  Getting back to  that point will be done with ease.  It’s just muscle memory.  So set goals that force you to excel past where you’ve already been.

6 – Don’t give up. Know that there will be failure along the way but decide early on that you will not accept failure.  This life is too short to give up on that which you have invested your time into.  Go into every day with the mindset that you will leave that day one step closer to success than you were before.

You can get back on the horse.  You don’t have to wait til your birthday or the first of the month or any specific day of the week. You can do it right now.  So why not now?

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