Mood Swings. Accountability Rocks. How to Keep a Bad Day from Ruining a Good Thing

moodGot dreams?

Of course you do.

And I’m sure you’ve got every intention of making those dreams a reality.

But as we all know that’s an undertaking that’ll take more than just good intentions.

It’ll take discipline and sacrifice.

It’ll call for consistency—unwavering and uncompromising consistency.

Unfortunately, it’s here where many of us (yours truly included) have a strong tendency to waver.

Why? Because you’re gonna have em. We all have em.

Good days and bad days.

Days that kick ass and days that literally…kick your ass.

So it’s no wonder those noble intentions wind up in limbo.

Why your allegiance to the task at hand swings back and forth like some evilly possessed pendulum.

One day you’re primed and ready and the next you’ve got the get-up-and-go of a garden snail on ZzzQuil.

And needless to say it’s the latter that’ll douse your dreams.

To your credit, however, you make every effort to try and snap out of it; you tell yourself you’re not going to let some downer of a day at the grind mill get the better of you.

Thus, you dip into reserve and press on.

But unlike yesterday, unlike a week ago last Tuesday, you can’t quite muster the moxie.

You give it your best shot, but the fact is—you’re just not in the mood.

FYI: The road to hell isn’t the only one paved with good intentions.

Call me an idealist, but I honestly believe that on some level or another we all aspire to be the best we can be, that everyone wakes up each morning embracing the promise of a new day.

But alas, as the climate of the day unfolds this can-do spirit can lose much of its fire power, and before you know it that late afternoon jog gives way to the crying comforts of the La-Z-Boy or a long relaxing bubble bath.

Yep, once again the duties of the day have taken their toll and are poised to steamroll right over your good intentions.

And if those intentions are indeed sincere…well then, that’s a tough pill to swallow.

That can be a treacherous road to travel.

Because you know darn well where that road leads, and despite lore and legend, it’s not to some shadowy abode deep in the earth’s core chock-full of fire and brimstone, but rather, some place much much closer to home…yet every last bit as hellish.

Of course the good news is regardless of how trying your day might prove to be there’s always the opportunity to make it a little bit better.

In other words, you do have a choice.

Then again, maybe that’s the problem.

“Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices”…Alfred A. Montapert  

I think we’d all agree that having a choice is for the most part…a good thing.

For instance, when you go out for a bite to eat you want to see some choices on the menu.

When you’re looking to purchase a new pair of jeans you want to be able to choose from a variety of colors and styles.

And Lord only knows what mornings would be without the option of Black, Blended, or Pumpkin Spice Latte Espresso.

But those are trivial matters.

What about the important issues?

How about the tough choices?

Can your mood hamper your ability to make those choices?

Can being stressed, tired, or overwhelmed cloud your better judgment?

Moreover, does that sometimes less than favorable disposition of yours regularly serve as the go to default vindication for not doing what it is you need and/or want to do?

Yes. Yes. Yes?

Well then the choice is obvious isn’t it?

The time has come to trade in those good intentions for some kick ass accountability.

The time has come to go pro.

Proactive that is.

Proactive vs Reactive. What a difference it can make. 

It was 15 Time National AMA Champion Ricky Carmichael (aka The GOAT/Greatest of All Time) who said, “You win championships on your bad days.”

So y’see, we’re not alone, even the great ones have bad days.

And in large part what makes them great is that, to them, bad days don’t mean jack.

That’s right.

Here mood doesn’t matter.

Intentions are inconsequential.

Here, it’s all about accountability.

And if like the great ones you truly want to hold yourself accountable, you simply have to take into account the good, as well as, the bad and the ugly.

Not only do you need to anticipate it, you need to prepare for it, you need to train for it.

You need to continually condition yourself both mentality and physically.

This way when that bad boy of a day does hit (and it will) it won’t blindside you and knock you off your stride.

Instead, you’ll be able to take it in stride.

The bottom line is this: rather than arbitrarily reacting to how the day unfolds, we need to become proactive in regards to being ready for it, no matter what it dishes out.

That’s how the great ones do it.

That’s how one becomes consistent.

That’s how one becomes accountable.

That’s how you keep a bad day from ruining a good thing.

Got dreams?

I’m sure you do, and I for one look forward to the day you make em come true.

Because that, that is gonna be one helluva damn good day.

See ya January 1st, till then, keeep it up.


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