Four “Decadays” Down

I am writing this update a day later than usual, mainly because I let the weekend get the better of me. So much so that I used up two of my “off-days” (technically one from decaday 4 and one from decaday 5 as I write this) which now leaves me with only 5 left for the next 58 Days. I knew things like this could happen, and I did plan for it. However, I also know that there is going to be a LOT happen in the coming weeks that is going to really test my focus on improving myself. I wouldn’t change the things that are coming for the world, but it won’t just be about me for the next few weeks for sure.

The thing about failure is what do you do with it? I am a big football fan, and just like in any sport, the best players are the ones who go back out after a busted play and set up a big win for their team. Like the quarterback that throws an interception and goes back out the next offensive play and hits a big pass or even touchdown. But it takes practice, which may be the theme of my first 100 days. To fail and get back up for the next play, over and over again. I mean it’s not that I am bombing every domain, but some days I am STILL only getting the minimum required in. I will keep pushing though until those minimums turn into maximums, it’s all about progress. It’s just important that I at least hit my minimums each day.

So how did it go this round?

Honestly, quite well. I completed all of my “BLS Year One” strength training days, and start the Couch to 5k program. Most days I did well with those too, but did miss one due to a heavy rain and then the holiday. I know, excuses, but too late to change it now. I spent quality time with my family. I made small strides vocationally and finished the “decaday” with a new commitment to those I work with. I spent time with loved ones, and nailed my morning routine most days.

Then I woke up on the 4th and thought to myself, “it’s a holiday; a little extra sleep won’t hurt!” Four hours later it was almost noon, I had housework to do (among other things) so I blew off my morning routine. I ended up making up a few things later that day, but just didn’t get into the grove really. It is quite remarkable how something so simple as routines can have such an impact on your day. Then that night, I wasn’t tired at all. The 12 hour sleep from the night before had me wide awake, so I stayed up watching TV (which I RARELY do) and slept through my morning routine again the next day. Both day’s failures were from OLD habits and as we all know old habits die hard. The good thing is that I was back on my game this morning, though I was so tired in the afternoon from the change up in my sleep pattern. Scientist say that going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is the healthiest way to rest, and MAN do I believe it!

After Action Review

For these next 10 days, I still want to stay focused on the two parts of my life that I feel like I am struggling the most with, physical and vocational. I want to START a new apprenticeship or partnership program for new insurance agents, like I did in my early days as a manager. I honestly think that teaching others will also help me to get back to where I was and want to be as a productive agent. I want to STOP making excuses and finding reasons not to follow through with planned exercises, routines, or whatever the case may be. I want to keep reporting here, my successes and failures, and hope that you all continue to offer tidbits of advice, motivation, and encouragement along the way. I really cannot thank those who reach out with comments or privately enough!!!

Photo of the Decaday…