What Can You Do--
Even During a Nightmare Week?

A lot of us have an idea of what we do for ourselves in an ideal world. Get up, make a perfectly healthy breakfast, work out before everyone else is even awake. 

And then...life happens.

In working with clients, I notice that what separates those with the best results from the rest is what the person does when nothing is going well.

For example: Imagine your most hellish week. Sick kids, a deadline at work, the dog throws up, the washing machine breaks.


If you decide that you could do a set of push-ups a couple times a week, and that's all you could do, well then--you have a baseline.

The magic of having this baseline:

1. You will know if you tell yourself you're too busy it's B.S.

2. You will be consistent, and consistency added up is when magic happens.

3. You can always add more when you can--no pressure, no guilt if you don't.

Think back to the past year. How would your body be different if you ate a piece of fruit every single day? How would your life be different if you had done a set of push-ups every day? EVERY DAMN DAY?

Whatever you do for a year happens 365 times. I don't care what it is--365 times is A LOT OF TIMES.

To give you a personal example--I have a goal of becoming a better gymnast. Specifically I have the goals of developing better endurance on bars and improving my split positions during my skills on floor and beam.

I can't practice gymnastics 7 days a week, for a variety of reasons. However, I can do something every day to help me with my goals. I do yoga some days to work on grip strength/range of motion, I stretch while I'm looking at email, I do drills while watching TV with my exercise bands, I use my weights and grip strengteners, and I use my chin-up bar. If I'm not doing any of those things, I'm making sure to at least eat well, foam roll for a couple of minutes and drink plenty of water.

Every day I'm doing something to work toward my goal, even if it is something pretty small. Over weeks, months and years it all adds up and helps me to be my best.

The trick is to find what you can do no matter what--and then, and only then, add from there. Find your minimum acceptable standard and build off of that.

Also important: If you have unusual circumstances and you're not able to do your minimum acceptable standard--move on quick and fast. No dwelling in it--each day is a fresh start.

If you have tips on what helps you stay accountable no matter what, please share them in the comments.

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