Success is never a straight line, there are always zigs and zags in the road.
My mental health depends on many factors, especially exercise and physical fitness, so last March I began exercising every day. I have not missed closing the exercise ring on my watch ever since.
But, in September, I got knocked for a loop. Labour Day precipitated a depression spiral and mental health crisis that no amount of exercise could prevent, or overcome, and some days it was hard to exercise.
My mental well being also requires I feel useful, that I’m accomplishing something. So in the summer I began writing, and posting videos, every day, but, I had no system in place, and my mental health crisis ended my writing and video streaks. For months.
In January, I determined to get back at it, and to add creative time to my day by getting my sleep in order, and getting up at 6 am, every day, and dedicating the first hour of the day to me stuff.
But, the last couple of weeks, I’ve been getting up at 6:15 and fiddling on my phone, instead of writing or doing my back maintenance yoga.
Each step of the way sees success. Now I’m:
- writing professionally
- writing every day
- posting video every day (twice now)
- exercising every day
But I’m seeing slippage. Going forward, I need to:
- find more clients
- do more yoga
- get up earlier
- be more consistent in my posting times
- stop fiddling on my phone
When I organize it, I see how both how far I’ve come, and how much work I need to do.
Yes, recognize the areas where you need work, but it’s also important to see the areas where you have had success.