What Moves You? What do you use to get going? When things are less-than-perfect, what do you do to make that tiny difference which gets you over the hump and allows you to continue?
A few things I do:
— Post on this blog
Doing this every day, every damn day regardless of how I feel or what’s going on in my life, helps me. It focuses me on today, if only for a moment, and allows me to really consider what is important, what I need to do today.
—Read the Moment of Happiness daily quote
It comes in an email from The Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin and takes about 10 seconds to read. It’s the source of the quote at the top of this post and the inspiration for today’s topic.*
Today’s quote: “A lifetime can well be spent correcting and improving one’s own faults without bothering about others.” — Edward Weston
—Just Do It.
Yeah, yeah . . . I know . . . it’s old. It’s trite. It’s a corporate slogan. So what? It works for me. Sometimes when I’m stuck or procrastinating or just feeling sorry for myself and I don’t want to do something I need to do (exercise), I kick myself in the butt and tell myself to “Just do it.” It works. I do it. And I am better for it.
There’s another version of this I use on occasion: “Just keep swimming” from Finding Nemo. I don’t actually like the song (“Dory, no singing!”) but the sentiment is right: keep going, don’t stop, just keep on keeping on, don’t think of the finish — focus on the next step, the next stroke, the next movement . . . .
As the old saying goes, “The journey of a thousand miles beings with a single step.” Those steps add up and eventually you finish your task.
— Listen to music.
As seen in my setlist series of posts.
I’ll take a 10 minute pseudo-siesta and give my mind and body and chance to recharge.
— Do something with my family.
Maybe I play with my kids, feed or change the twins, or talk to Mrs. NJ. Whatever it is, it gives me enough determination to go do what I need to do . . . especially since they are most likely the reason I want to do it in the first place.
Eating SCD. Yesterday was my first day in quite a while in which I did not eat anything which was not SCD; not a bite. Yeah me. 😉
Plan for Week 46. This week will be a challenge, of course, given the holiday on Thursday and the day off of work on Friday. Plus, today is a second day of family gathering so, while I will try to be moderate in my non-SCD indulgences, there will be some to be sure. To help counteract some of the extra eating I’ll do, I hope to work in an extra run on Friday (in addition to my normal Saturday jog).
Red = a negative deviation | Green = a positive deviation | Blue = a note