Failure Is Not An Option

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FailureWith my parents coming to town this week, my schedule has been crazy in the evenings trying to get everything done. House cleaning, present wrapping, dog walking, and so on. I‘m so not a morning person. I don’t mind waking up early as long as I can slowly work into the day at my pace which involves several cups of coffee and some news watching.

I decided it would be best to workout in the morning before work since I didn’t have to get The Kid to school this week. One less thing to cram into the evenings. For three days this week I set my alarm for 6 am. For three days this week, the alarm has gone off and I’ve set a new alarm time of 6:30 am and then hit the snooze a few times on round two.

For three days this week, I’ve felt guilty for not being able to get up early and do something that I love to do and would free up my evenings a little. Don’t forget I’ve got a gym right in my own garage now! Then I decided to change my mindset.

I know I am not a morning person, and I know the odds are that I won’t get up early to workout. Even if I do, I don’t have the coordination or coherence in the morning to get the same workout as I do in the evening. So why start out setting myself up for failure?

There are enough other things out there to get in the way. I sure don’t need to attempt something that I know won’t work and then beat myself up about it. Why am I telling you this? Because I’m betting you do this too in some way. If you know something won’t work, don’t try to force it. I’m not saying make an excuse to not do it, but be creative and figure out another way to accomplish it.

This applies to all kinds of situations. Do you have to volunteer at the school bake sale but you can’t bake? Buy something pre-made instead of making the world’s worst cupcakes. Do you know you won’t be able to get up to workout? Lay in bed and wrap presents and workout in the evening. Do you know that you can’t resist the all you can eat dessert buffet? Find another restaurant instead of risking temptation.

Looky there. Three losing scenarios off the top of my head, turned around into successes! Then you get to pat yourself on the back for being creative and getting it done.

Are you a morning person? What scenarios are you going to use this idea in?

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