It’s Opening Day of the Season 8 Championship Challenge! Everyone’s back to a level playing field with the chance to take home the Crown. It’s a great time of year. There’s something invigorating about the new opportunity. Yesterday, or in this case last season, is irrelevant now. Any frustrations or regret from the past no longer matters. Today is a clean slate. All competitors are at 0 wins and 0 losses. The possibility of what could be is electric. Being atop the standings, making the playoffs and winning the crown would be great, but much more than that is where we could be in 90 days. How could could we get? How much progress could we make with whatever we’re after if we stayed intensely focused and consistent for the next 3 months? Seriously, ask yourself that. Envision that. Some of us will find out exactly that while others fade away into the abyss of untapped potential and broken dreams. Was that a little over-the-top? Perhaps. Best not to find out though. Lets tear after it and make this season one of MASSIVE CHANGE! And GO!
By the way, yesterday the streak was broken. I made the conscious choice to sleep in and even take a day off from blogging. I’m at a point where, though getting up early still feels incredibly uncomfortable sometimes, for the most part I’m in control. I’m not sleeping-in by accident or so easily controlled by the power of the magnetic pull that seems to come from my bed. Notice I didn’t say I’m not influenced by it all, just not so easily. It’s definitely still a real thing that I have to fight with. And remember this is a habit I’m developing not because a boss is telling me what time to be at work or because it’s urgent that I do so for any other reason, but because I just want to create healthier sleeping patterns and be more productive through the day. But that’s where the battle comes from, forcing yourself to do something that you don’t have to do. Though really, we don’t have to do much of anything anymore. Going to work, being responsible and paying your mortgage are certainly all choices. It’s not forced upon anyone. The consequences of not doing them though are a pretty strong motivating factor. And perhaps that’s a key. What are the consequences of you not doing the things you know you need to do to improve your life? What if you don’t take the action that you know is necessary to achieve your goals? The immediate effect may be guilt or regret, but the long term consequence will be much greater. Aside from any physical discomfort and stress that may come from poor health, being broke or unhappy relationships, living the rest of your life with the thoughts of “what could have been” may be the biggest price. Looking your children in the eyes and thinking you let them down. Feeling empty with nothing but dreams… Wow, that got serious real quick. How the heck did I get from where I started this blog post to there? Just going with the flow I guess. There’s an extremely simple way to avoid the hell I just described. Just simply do what you know you need to do on a daily basis. “DAMMIT, I have to do stuff.” Either that or live the consequences. You won’t be perfect and don’t beat yourself up when you’re not. But get better. See today as another chance to get it right. You can do that. So what’s the next thing you know you should do? Go do it.