We all have them, bad days that is. It all about how we handle them, or how we let them handle us which is important in my eyes. Ultimately we are the deciding factor in any conscious decision we make ;We chose to go to bed at 10pm ;We chose to eat that sandwich etc. But when we take a routine and then start using little excuses to delay them that’s when bad days start, bad habits form and new routines break down.
Saturday morning was my scheduled day at the gym, we have 1 car in the family and saturday morning it was hammering down as it does in rainy england. So we all woke up a bit late 9:30am to be precise with my wife due to start work at 11am. This is it….What exactly? I’ll tell you; the moment i chose to be better than a bad day.
Straight away my mind starts going through excuses, “It’s too late now, eat breakfast, get dropped at gym/picked up, wife needs to get to work” That’s when I forced myself up and said “NO” I’m not giving in, I’m not making excuse to make me feel better about not going…….I WILL BE BETTER THAN MY BAD DAY.
We as human beings try to rationalize our decisions, its human nature. And we are that good at it we can even convince ourselves that we are making a sound and rational decision. The amount of times when I was giving up smoking, I would wake up with 6 or so cigarettes left in the packet and go “Not today, I still have some left, it would be a waste.” Which would end in me smoking them, buying another packet and repeating the whole thought process. It wasn’t until I realised what I was doing that I finally managed to kick the habit.
I find it helps when I look back at why I started what I’m doing, generally our reasons for starting something are really strong. If there weren’t we wouldn’t have started it in the first place. Remember it’s only ourselves we are cheating, no one else.