Day 2 – Take 2 – Measuring Success Against Failure

Today I experienced time differently. After a rough morning of battling my mind for 35 minutes I’ve managed to push myself to follow through. It wasn’t until almost 18 hours later that I can look back and appreciate that what in the early hours felt like a major failure, when measured against how the rest of the day went, becomes insignificant.

There is value in being able to focus on the success in order to keep on building.

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Day 1 – Take 2 – The Work Continues

Admitting failure can be challenging. My 4AM challenge was short-lived. Why? Mainly because I had willpower (that only lasts this much) but not so much of a system or a vision of how I would approach things. Today I’m back to Day 1 and its’ been a great learning experience. I took time for myself. Time to enjoy the day, to meditate, read, work and slow down.

The 4AM challenge means more to me than a ridiculously early wake-up time. It’s the type of thing that I would look up to people for being able to pull it off and I want to have that feeling of pride when I look at my reflection in the mirror. Sure, it’s challenging, but it’s about building momentum and adding a feeling of urgency to things.

So, my friend, what is one thing that you want to achieve and maybe you haven’t yet even tried it or gave up on it? Can you start by envisioning yourself as being the person who can achieve your greatest dream?

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Day 9: Being Happy Can Only Happen Now

The energy cycles that we are experiencing are not limited to the nature’s seasons. We can have days or weeks when we need to give ourselves the time to re-center. This doesn’t mean doing nothing, but doing things that bring us joy. I used to think that putting my head on the pillow at night and thinking of what I achieved was enough, but I’ve added the thought of ‘What did I enjoy doing today?’ as an equally important success measure for the day.

I haven’t mentioned 4AM in my posts lately because I am far from succeeding at this challenge. But taking on this responsibility helped me identify things that I need to improve on my day to day life. This includes introducing joyful activities as a must on my schedule. What can you do today to be happy?

Day 5: Know Where to Go for Help

Someone once told me that whatever the issue, there is a book somewhere that addresses it. And, as obvious as it may sound, that to me was new.

I’ll be honest and say that at this point I’ve failed more than I’ve succeeded at walking up at 4AM. The positive is that I’ve been able to keep this part of the commitment – writing daily with a 5.30AM delivery time. This means that I need a better strategy for my 4AM endeavours. Postponing so often the 4AM to 5AM means that I’ve been reinforcing this type of behaviour in the past 4 days. I have some readings lined up for today, one of which is the ‘Awaken the Giant Within’ book. I won’t be reading it cover to cover, but focus on some exercises that will help me overcome this challenge.

If you have any books that have been helping you when you got stuck, I’d be happy to learn about it.

The Courage to Try

Photo by Franck V

Do you ever beat yourself up before even attempting to do something new? And what does that do to your self-esteem? The ‘what if’ mindset has been passed on to us with love, but putting worse case scenario first takes away our focus from what we want to achieve. If you hear yourself wondering what if, be grateful and push forward. This means you’re walking unexplored land that guarantees growth and with enough effort, success.

When What’s Right by Others Isn’t Right for You

Photo by Nathan Duck

We all have experienced at least one moment in life when our decision was overridden and there was nothing we could do about it. If this happened at a young age, we learnt to put up less resistance going forward up to a point when even being proper adults doesn’t change our approach towards how we treat life, decisions and things coming our way. We sometimes forget that other people made decisions that weren’t in our best interest. It was comfortable for them not to have to deal with the prospects of success or failure. Not having to bother. But nothing happens unless we take responsibility and do what’s right for us.