Goal Setting, Self Coaching, Goal Tracking, Daily Motivation, Habit Tracker, Productivity Tools, Fotness Challenge, 90 Day Challenge, Better HabitsHappy Monday! :  ) It’s the beginning of another chance to get it right. For me, that means getting back on track with a decent bedtime, getting up early and blogging every day. I haven’t fallen off the wagon entirely with any of those things, I’ve just been way too sporadic. Instead of relenting every time I feel too tired to get up, I need to fight again. I need to get uncomfortable again. At the beginning of all this, it was almost painful to drag myself out of bed. As it is with any new productive habit, there’s going to be a struggle. You can’t turn away and fold every time that struggle punches you in the face though. You need to accept the struggle, accept you’re going to feel it sometimes and commit to do it anyway. Clearly, I’m talking to myself here.

I watched the Eagle/Panther football game last night and had a quick thought. It’s a thought not even based on reality. I didn’t see the post-game press conference or coaches comments, but after the Eagle loss I imagined the brash Chip Kelly responding to a reporter about what happened by saying “We played bad, they played better. That’s it.” Often you’re not going to get much more out of Chip than this. The reason why I bring it up though, is that in these fake comments of an imagined press conference, I don’t see him saying “We are bad, they are better.” See the difference. When you look at yourself, you need to be very careful to tell the truth. And the truth is NOT that you can’t do something or that you’re not good enough. If you’re not winning yet it’s because you haven’t done enough to win yet. You haven’t had enough early mornings, learned enough, practiced enough or stayed focused for long enough. It has nothing to do with you not being capable of winning. You’ll hear a kid say “I’m not good at math”. No, not entirely true. What they should be saying is “I haven’t put in the effort to be good at math yet”. Watch what you say about yourself and be careful what beliefs you allow to fester in your mind. Stay empowered!