You know those people who have been buying the same pair of shoes for the last 15 years? I’m one of them.
If I find a shirt that fits well and looks good, I’ll go back and purchase more in various patterns and colors. When I’ve settled on my “holy grail” products I will use them until the company goes out of business.
I like the simplicity of it, the reduction of choices and knowing that each time I put on that shirt or use that product it will be a perfect fit and I’ll have a fabulous hair day.
Routine is important to me.
Which is why I do the same thing every morning:
- Wake up
- Drink 2 cups of water
- Workout while listening to motivational videos on YouTube
- Write my daily goals
- Check e-mails and text messages
You can imagine how frustrated I was when YouTube wasn’t working
At first, I stalled my workout. I’d stop whenever it froze, report it and wait…
Until I thought, what am I doing? Can’t I work out without the videos? But, who will motivate me? What about the routine? Oh my gosh it’s going to be so boring!
As I stood there staring at the frozen screen – having taken much longer than the required 30 second break between reps – I realized that I would need to motivate myself today.
That I could indeed motivate myself.
Things happen, plans change and life doesn’t always work out the way we thought it would.
We lose our parents earlier than we thought we would (isn’t it always too early?).
We don’t get the job we wanted.
Relationships end and we find ourselves needing to start over.
But we adjust and adapt to life’s challenges. We learn to believe in ourselves and we find something inside that helps us keep going.
Today, I broke my routine and pushed through the feelings that threatened to drag me down. I made the choice to use what was available to help me get through a tough work out. In the end, I learned that although I prefer to workout while listening to YouTube, I’m capable of following through without it.
Even though we all have our preferences, routines and favorite ways of doing things, there are times when we have to do something different. Accepting our circumstances and moving with them gives us more control over the situation and allows us to face the challenge with an open mind and conquering spirit.