“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.”
This anonymous quote cut me deep this morning.
Because I am flat out exhausted. After running 100 mph over this last week I am dreaming of hammocks and sunshine.
<If you don’t care about my life, skip this next paragraph and go straight to the juices…>
In the last several days I have shared some amazing experiences. I watched my beautiful daughter go on a date with her grandmother. I enjoyed church and breakfast with my nephew and his friend. I played countless hours of racquetball and tapped into those raw inner competitive emotions that beg to be unleashed. I watched my daughter laugh as we read “there’s a monster at the end of this book.” I shared coffee with an old and great friend as we caught up on life. I had a call with a friend and mentor that gave me new insights. I had a best friend call and propose some amazing plans for my upcoming birthday. I shared drinks with fellow tribesman and my wonderful sister as we watched the Penguins soar into the playoffs. I took lessons from a pro racquetball player that left me aspiring to become great. I ate healthy. I drank my Sole each and every morning. And I watched sweat drip from my face daily. And then I worked my booty off at the 8-5.
So how in the hell am I suppose to keep getting better than I was the day before? How can I possibly keep this pace?
Here’s how. The simple acknowledgement that Absolute Optimization requires focus in every area life.
And while I am burned out from an energy perspective, I still have so much to give emotionally.
Thus, the 3 step challenge I gave myself to Own Today.
- Be kinder to yourself. Self sabatoge is one of the greatest inhibitors to achievement. Setting high standards is one thing. Mentally abusing yourself is another.
- Light up someone’s day. Giving to others has the power to instantaneously transform your life. Ever see a kid more excited to give someone a present than they are to open their own? We are all givers. Find someone that needs a gift today.
- Take a Break. I run non stop thinking about 1 idea after the next. So much that when I take a step back, it looks like nothing but confusing chaos. The brain needs a reboot to get back to an optimized state. Turn out the lights and spend time in warm shower thinking about……..nothing.
And that’s it. At the end of today, I will know that I am better for 1) taking small steps to treat myself better 2) making someone else smile that needed a smile 3) getting the rest I need to get back on that horse.
Kick Butt Fam.
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