Welcome to Day 62...
I talked a lot about routines in Day 4
Well not too long ago I had a bunch of crazy work days which wasn't helped by the fact that I also wasn't sleeping well. Then the whole bad sleep thing morphed into not working out.
Call it a routine...a routine of not exercising...which led to a routine of not drinking enough water...and a routine of not eating as well.
Point is, it's easy to fall into a pattern. Be it good or bad.
Lucky for me, I was able to break the cycle.
Though once I made the decision to get back to working out, it was actually painful to head to the basement put on my exercise tape and start moving. Not helping matters was the fact that my iPod had a dead battery. I thought to myself...isn't that a good enough reason not to exercise?
I was so close to walking away, but instead I pushed through.
And you know what? I felt better. More than better. I felt great and started drinking lots of water and since then have been eating better, sleeping better, even writing better.
When I was not working out, it took so much effort to psych myself up to start again. But when I'm in the mode of doing it, I don't even consciously think too much about the decision to exercise. I just do it.
It's almost like muscle memory - where the brain gets so locked into a pattern of movement through a regular routine or practice, that you can perform certain tasks or activities without much conscious effort.
It's like that with my writing.
If I go days without working on my book, it's so much harder for me to sit down and engage in the creative process.
But if I'm actively engaged EVERYDAY, writing becomes easier...almost effortless.
The key is to stay in that routine and strengthen it...everyday. Even if the output is simply notes for a scene, getting fifty words on the page, or editing a paragraph.
I like what writer Ben Blecha has to say about it all...
"The more you do something, the more routine established. The easier the routine becomes, the more effective the result. The more effective the result it, the greater the success becomes."
Read Ben's full article here
Read more about the health benefits of drinking water here.
And what's not to love about muscle memory? Read all about that here.
But for now...here's Today's Takeaway Lesson...
"We Are What We Repeatedly Do. Excellence, Then, Is Not An Act, But a Habit." - So says Aristotle
Here's to Being All In,