On day 9 of my exercise journey, I overslept. Usually, I wake up more than an hour before the time I have to rise — and argue with myself on whether or not I am getting up. It has become quite the ritual, with me finally getting up in plenty of time to walk 30 minutes on the treadmill before I have to get ready for work.
Not this day.
When my eyes opened and looked at the clock, it wasn’t 4:15 a.m. as usual, but 5:45 a.m. I had missed the opportunity.
Why not just go anyway? Because I make it a priority to be to work on time, and to get out of the shower before my teenage son needs to get in. See Item #5 in “Six Rights Leaders Give Up.”
As a result, I hit a setback. Now it is decision time. Do I allow this setback to derail my plan for a healthier life?
The answer to this question seems so easy from the outside: Just get back on track tomorrow.
However, when we are the ones who hit the setback, the decision doesn’t seem all that easy. The sense of failure is a strong persuader to give up.
Life is full of setbacks. It is how we respond to them that determine our ultimate success of failure. This day I may have missed the mark, but I am but 9 days into creating a new routine or habit. Surely a setback isn’t a “deal breaker.”
I plan to get back on track. And so should you when you hit a setback.
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