Has this ever happened to you? You have started a great new routine, and then BANG something comes up and throws a wrench in it. In boxing when this happens we respond by “rolling with the punches.” We all make plans and rarely do they go off perfectly.
So what can we do? We can complain and get angry, or we can look ahead and make some contingency plans to deal with the unexpected arising. Spending time in the world of anger and frustration is a waste of time. No matter what situation arises, can come up with a plan to adapt and continue your new routine. If you give up altogether, you will be no closer to accomplishing anything.
In the case of a routine or something, we would like to make a regular part of life it is imperative that we stick as close to normal as we can. I try to make up a missed workout on the same day, and if I cannot, then I go right back to it the following day. When traveling I often modify my routine to a different location but it will be close to the same as I do at home. When I am training people and they have a work trip or a vacation coming up, I am always happy to provide them with body weight exercise plans they can do in their hotel room or with minimal equipment – such as a jump rope and one weight.
It takes twenty-one days to make something a habit. Once we have formed one good habit, we must constantly be improving, meeting our current goals and setting new ones.
Habits apply too much more than working out or eating right. For me, writing is like a muscle and unless I use it every day, it will become weak. This is why I enjoy writing blogs, it gives me regular training and it hones my craft.
When writing my first book, I wrote a blog every week and I worked on pages for the book. The activity helped me stay focused on the task. I was traveling at the time and I was overseas with spotty internet. I would write and sit outside where I knew there was a wifi spot and sometimes there was no internet. I would download my new pages, send some old ones to my writing partner. Yes, I missed some days because of the travel, but it was always in my mind and as soon as I could I established my routine again.
The number one rule is to let go of the frustration if we are unable to do what we had planned. There will be time, because there is always time. It is easy to tell ourselves we just don’t have the time, but deep down we know the truth.
The second rule is to set aside a specific time each day for our routine. Once we have established our priorities, everything else can fit into other times that are not already committed. If you commit to your time to a priority, and something else comes up – you will need to say no. Saying no is a part of prioritizing and committing. If we must go to sleep earlier or wake up earlier to establish dedicated time, then that is what will need to be done. The third most important piece of the puzzle is that even if you miss a day, a week or a month of your routine – make a commitment to get back to it. If we consider it important we will begin again. It will not be like starting from zero, because we have gone over this ground before.
Making commitments and priorities a part of life is very important, so consider your priorities and use your time wisely!
Setbacks are only temporary bumps in the road to success. Use it as a learning experience, adapt and re-commit.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.