This has been a crazy month for me. Business is picking up at work, my wife was gone on a west coast cruise for week, it has rained just about everyday this month, our dryer bit the dust and we had to purchase another one. I have maintained my healthy eating habits, however, I failed to get into the gym regularly for the past 2 weeks. I have no excuses other than I just have not made it a priority. Where January was a peak in this lifestyle change I have adopted, February has definitely been a valley.
I have found in my experience when it comes to just about anything, you are going to have your good days and your bad days. Good days (Peaks) are easy. On these days, you are motivated, driven, feel on top of the world. It is easy because everything just falls into place. You make every traffic light, every thing goes right at work, every rep you do at the gym is better than the last, the weight is falling off and you are seeing the changes in your body. These are the day when it is easy to move forward in your goals and you actually see the light at the end of the tunnel. Then BOOM, the bottom falls out and you are deep in the valley of despair! When you hit those valleys, man is it tough to work your way out of them. It seem that nothing goes right in any aspect of your life. Work stinks, appliances break, you get a traffic ticket, don’t seem to have what it takes to make it through the simplest of workouts and you have stopped losing weight, in fact, you gained a pound or two! This is when it is hard to stay motivated and positive. Valleys suck the life out of you but, this is where your beast growth can actually occur.
Valleys should be looked at as a challenge. You should attack the valley in your day, week, month etc… with all you have. It is here where you show exactly what you are made of. One of the best phrases that trainer Tony Horton uses is, “Do your best and forget the rest.” There are going to be some days when you are going to struggle but, always do the best you can do and forget about it. Don’t dwell on these valleys and you will find that they really aren’t as bad as you think they are. I will also let you in on a little secret, the peaks aren’t as great as you think they are either. It is all about perception. One of my mentors in the business world told me, “Perception is reality.” If you perceive something in a good way or a bad way, you are right! Whether you think you can or think you can’t you are right! It is all about mindset. Each day we get to erase the chalkboard and start fresh. This is true during the peaks and valleys in your life. Everyday is a new day and you should attack each day that way. Yes some days will be better than others but do the very best you can on that particular day and always move forward.
February has been a valley for me but, March is around the corner, I am still on track toward my goal and today is a new day. And this valley I am in hasn’t been all that bad, I am actually wearing a pair of jeans today that I haven’t been able to get into in 18 months. I think I see a peak ahead folks and I am heading toward it!!
Go out and be the best YOU, you can be today!!