How many times have you felt like you were in a rut in life?
Just living day to day, not really feeling any connection to what you’re doing? If you’re like me, you might struggle to feel like you are progressing from day to day.
I’ve been in a sort of rut recently with getting up and exercising, partly due to the holidays so I’m not going to be too hard on myself. But a lot of that has just been excuses. Grad school starts up again on Monday. I just landed a new paid writing gig. And I have an 8-hour professional licensing test to study for.
I need to get up early every day now.
I need the personal development available in the early hours before anyone else is awake. I know I can do it, I just need to do one hard thing at a time. Everything has seemed so disorganized recently, so that’s a refreshing feeling to have an idea of which direction to take with my progress.
All it takes is one simple hard thing, then rest. Chunking it into periods of stress and rest, it’s not really so bad. That’s it. Nothing extraordinary, just little, calculated good decisions to improve, every moment of every day.
“Stress + rest = growth.”
— Brad Stulberg, Peak Performance
Getting up early is one prime example of a hard thing, that sets the rest of the day up for success. Sometimes, however, we’re too hard on ourselves about what we accomplish during these morning hours.
I finally made it up at 6 am this morning to give myself some much-needed exercise, meditation, reading, and thinking time. But I quickly found myself wanting to do more before the kids got up and it was time to be with them.
I was already being too hard on myself before sunrise, which was not a great way to set up the day. So, the next hard thing for me after getting up at 6 and exercising is to be a little less hard on myself.
And I think that will set the day off to an even better start than getting up at 6 am and exercising ever could alone.