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Day 5: Small steps=success!

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Day 5: Small steps=success!

#10DBC Day 5: Setting yourself up for success

Success! How exciting!


Immediately my mind went to: jump out of bed at 5 a.m., drop to the floor and start exercising, have a cold shower to wake up my system, have an egg white and broccoli breakfast and be at the computer by 5:45 a.m.


Except that isn’t me, other than the 5 a.m. where, if I’ve had a good night’s sleep I’ll slowly roll out of bed. Although I’m a morning person, I’m not THAT kind of morning person.


Any success I have is attributed to what I do the night before.


I try my best to shut down all screens by 9:00 p.m., tidy the kitchen, plan for the next day, organize things based on that plan, journal, read (from a book, seldom a screen), and be asleep shortly by 10:30 p.m. That is the ideal I work towards. Not saying I complete all of the steps very often.


If things go wrong and, for example, I’m writing a blog for a blog challenge, and I’m still typing after 11 p.m., my life goes downhill. I get a second wind and won’t fall asleep until after 1 a.m., and then wake up with a headache and feeling like I was hit by a truck, even if I sleep in. During the day, when I’m unproductive, tired and miserable, and my misery friend, Carb O. Hydrate, calls my name. And then I feel worse.


When my evening routine is in place, I wake up feeling refreshed and in control. I’m more likely to have energy throughout the day, make good decisions and eat healthier.


The biggest challenge of my routine is winding down at 9 p.m. Often I am still feeling energized and wanting to do more.


But I can either exercise a bit of discipline at 9 p.m. or try to dredge it up for 9 hours the next day. On paper, an easy choice. Wish I could say I always do it.


My foundational plan for success is very simple but I’ve found small, simple actions take me further over time.


I'll get there. Eventually.


“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”
~Jim Rohn (note that we will suffer pain. When and how much is our choice.)

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