Don't let a missed workout destroy your mission.
It’s amazing how fast you can go from unstoppable to stopped. It doesn’t take some life-shattering event. It can be something as simple as a bad night’s sleep. Boom. Your best laid plans: get up early to workout, work on your side hustle, prepare healthy breakfast–fall like dominos. I found myself in this position but an hour ago. Just 48 hours earlier, I was seizing the week. Living unmoored. Running on the beach while my colleagues were stuck on a conference call. But at 6 AM today, I found myself hitting snooze instead of jumping on my bike. A bad night’s sleep, the culprit. Then came the rationalizing. “I can do it tomorrow… I really need to get into the office… I can buy a juice instead of making one.” What was missing a workout was becoming a turning point back to the life I left behind before the holidays. I stopped myself. Fuck rest. Fuck my clients. I knew there would days like this. Though it sounds good in some millennial’s documentary, you can’t just ignore responsibilities and move into a Tiny House. Not with a family of five. You need to make compromises. You need to be remain flexible. Otherwise the disappointment that comes when you go off-plan is soul-crushing. Enough to make you jettison the hard fought gains. So I made a deal today. Instead of a 25-mile morning ride. A 7-Minute Workout would keep the ball rolling. Instead of a scratch-made smoothie, I’d make a quick one by blending a store-bought cold-pressed juice with some berries. Instead of working on the App, I’d complete one small task—even just sending an email to a developer requesting more info about his work. Instead of writing something thoughtful, I’d write this-in my car, before I checked into reality. Living unmoored isn’t about abandoning your responsibilities, it’s about abandoning the conventions and memes that hold us back. Carving out five minutes in the midst of a jam packed work schedule can be more powerful than finding two hours on wide-open Sunday. The stakes are higher. The risk greater. What’s most important is making progress towards the waypoint, especially when the winds of change toss you a bit of course. Find your bearing. And get back after it. That’s all you can do.