How To Fall Into Your Own Trap

You took the first step.

You started.

Day 1.

Time to start thinking about day 2.

So now that you started, you probably need special shoes.

And you probably need the special gloves to go with it.

And you probably will end up needing another dry-fit short since you’re gonna be doing this new thing so often.

And you should just pay for the membership all in advance since you’ll be using it all the time.

. . .

Stop.

Does this sound familiar?

Before you start allocating resources to things that don’t matter, it’s probably better to start with the basics first.

The tricky part is that you really meant well.

You were just leaning into the first step!

But you fell into your own trap.

The most basic of basics is habit.

It’s not the details of how many minutes you should spend on cardio for your body type or which muscle group you exercise on Mondays.

Before you think about anything that will cost you money or attention, remember what matters first:

The habit.

2 Minute Action

Everyone has 2 minutes. You can use it to do burpees, send an email, or call your mom.

Whats a habit you want to build?

What part of it can you do for 2 minutes?

This is your opportunity to conquer your excuses and start your day off with a win.

Do Less (But With Ambition)

Pursue fewer but better.

Are you turning gears faster in a gearbox or are you working on the few things that really matter?

You only have 24hrs per day.

Everything on your to-do list must fight for its life to stay there.

2 Minute Action

After compiling your list, take 2 minutes to decide what you will not do.

Read This If You Have Trouble “Relaxing”

I was miserable.

I just took a day off.

I was “trying” to relax all day.

All I could think about were all the things that needed my attention.

I spend a lot of my time thinking about identifying important things and getting them done.

Don’t laugh but this is hard for me.

Of course, most of the work will be there when I return to it–and without any real consequence.

But sometimes, there are things that will break if you don’t attend to them.

Getting through the anxiety of not fixing them requires reminding yourself of the consequences and accepting them.

Only then, will the voice in your head be quieted and you will be able to focus on being present.

It’s a comparison.

Either you can let go of the work and focus on yourself, or you can let the work take your attention until you let it give you a break.

It won’t.

Your call.

2 Minute Action

What’s giving you the most anxiety today?

What are the top items on your worry list?

What will happen if you don’t alleviate them today?

Tomorrow?

Take 2 minutes to meditate on the consequences.

This part is up to you. If you can accept the consequences, it’s easier to give yourself permission to rest.

If not, you might just be anxious until you make the time to resolve them.