[Daily Impact #19] “Focus on the fundamentals…”

Motivation.

Some days we have it, some days we don’t.

Today, I don’t have it.

My head is foggy, I feel lethargic, I find myself zoning out frequently, and I just feel exhausted.

In this day and age of instant gratification, it would be easy to find something on Netflix and give into that unmotivated little devil on my shoulder, but that is not going to help me be 1% better than I was yesterday.

In the book Atomic Habits, author James Clear writes, “Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years. We all deal with setbacks, but in the long run, the quality of our lives often depends on the quality of our habits.”

Habits, ritual, routine….we all have them, and I have found that on days that I am lacking motivation, it’s usually because I have lost focus of my daily habits.

Wake up.

Make coffee.

Meditate.

Read.

Work out.

Take a shower.

Get dressed.

Make the bed.

These seems so simple and trivial, but when combined together, they help to create the mindset I need to attack the day. When I skip one, or more, of those habits, my whole day can be thrown out of whack.

In athletics, these habits are called ‘fundamentals’, and any good coach knows that when their athlete is struggling, it is best to focus on the fundamentals to get the athlete back on track.

The secret to long term success, in any endeavor, is learning how to motivate yourself, and hold yourself accountable, especially on days when you are lacking the motivation to be productive.

Falling back to the comfort and familiarity of my daily habits helps me tremendously on days that I lack the motivation to be productive.
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