I know that I have promised to do some video posts as well as some larger posts where I get you, the readers, involved. That’s still on the agenda, so stay tuned.
Have you ever had a week that has caused you to lose hope, lose faith, or lose reasoning? That was this week for me. The week starts and you’re swimming okay, but something happens to make you start treading water; then something else happens and you start to sink. The harder you fight, the more you get pushed down. I’m stopping there, because you get the point. The hardest thing to do when you’re feeling like this is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and continue to charge forward.
Prepare yourself; sports analogy in 3, 2, 1…
The best comparison I have right now is to think of every day like it is one major league baseball game. In a 162-game season, you’re not going to win every game. Even the best team in baseball last year only won 61% of their games. That means that over 1/3rd of the time, the best regular season team lost a game.
Here are some things to remember when you start hitting the doldrums.
1) Anyone can win when things are going well, but the really good teams find a way to win when things aren’t falling their way. If the going gets tough, stop. Even if you’re busy; just stop. Take a deep breath. Find something small that can be easily accomplished and do it. Whether it’s a Sudoku puzzle or a quick game on your phone, do something that will force you into a different mindset.
2) Make adjustments, whatever they may be. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. For me, terrible weeks happen, and it’s during those terrible weeks that my diet plan typically gets completely and utterly derailed. This week, I made a conscious effort to change the way I typically think. Instead of completely giving up, I made the choice to change, and instead, focused on the one aspect of the week that I knew I had complete control over.
3) Do something nice for someone else. This is really hard to do when you’re feeling low, but let me tell you, it works. In addition to some other small things, I participated in a charity golf tournament yesterday to benefit the Tyler Philopena Foundation (doing something I love for a great cause is a winning combination). It’s a great foundation and I hope that you all can check it out at http://tylerphilopenafoundation.webs.com/. Seeing a child like Tyler and his love for life makes you appreciate the joy that each day can bring.
Maybe this post isn’t for you right now, but when you’re feeling blue, I invite you to come back to this. Every day might not be a victory, but don’t let a few lost games derail you from accomplishing your goals. Wherever you are, and whatever path you are on, always remember that you are worth it.