Goal Setting, Self Coaching, Goal Tracking, Daily Motivation, Habit Tracker, Productivity Tools, Fotness Challenge, 90 Day Challenge, Better HabitsWell, that was a surprise. Clearly I didn’t think through this very well. I woke up this morning at 6:25 after pushing the snooze button four times to find that it was already getting light outside. Last night was daylight savings, but for some reason I thought it would stay lighter later in the day as opposed to the sun rising earlier. Again, I probably should have put just a tab bit of thought into it. On the other hand, surprises are always fun and I could feel right away that this was going to help me get back on track with getting up early. Notice I mentioned earlier that my snooze went off four times. This doesn’t happen to someone who effortlessly gets up early excited for the day. I’ve been incredibly inconsistent in my goal. Still not sure how long it takes to change the internal wiring of my mental or physical makeup in order to make something like this automatic, but I am definitely not anywhere close to that. When I was really on it just a month ago, it was becoming an easier and easier choice to make each day. But it was still a choice, something I had to choose. And without that conscious push to do it again every single day, I had no chance. It may take years to ingrain something in to our daily routine so deeply that we then have to struggle NOT to do it. Up until that point though, we must relentlessly choose that thing on purpose. Success is not an accident.

Speaking of Day Light Savings Time, I heard on iHeart radio news, which is streamed in during commercial breaks of the Colin Cowherd show each morning and something that I try to avoid at all costs, a new syndrome called PDSTS. Post Daylight Savings Time Syndrome. Yup, this is a real thing. Whoa… wait… the pharmaceutical companies or other benefiting organizations have determined that this is real. But that doesn’t mean by any stretch of the imagination that it is. That doesn’t mean that just because your schedule might be thrown off slightly for a day that you now have a syndrome. Check out this blurb I found from an article about PDSTS:

Being late, feeling groggy, and just being downright grumpy can be indicators that you might be suffering from “PDSTS”, post-daylight saving time syndrome”, but personal bad habits are not an alibi.

Oh my goodness, really!? What a sad, victim-minded, un-empowered life someone must have to take feeling groggy and grumpy straight to the depths of suffering from a syndrome, emphasis on the word SUFFERING. Let me guess, there’s a pill for that? I’ve got an idea. How about we just accept that we’re human, realize that life and how we feel about it is not going to be perfect all the time and that’s okay. And how about spending our energy on just making better choices that effect our lives in a positive way rather than throwing our hands up in the air wishing we could do something about our circumstances but secretly happy that we’ve found a loophole (or syndrome) to take the pressure off? I can just hear people saying “Good choices are hard to make, but now that I know my life is out of my control I don’t have to worry about making them anymore.” Yup, you’re right. Maybe a pill is the answer. You do you. Whew, I’m so worked up I man need a pill. Or maybe just some fresh air and a run around the block. Ya, that sounds better.

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