Keeping the fire burning

Sometimes it's easy to loose the focus. I get it all the time. One week is great, then next one feels like a two steps back. Sometimes good, sometimes hard. What is important, is to keep pushing forward.

I mentioned this before. I often don't work hard enough for what I want to achieve. Trying once, stepping back into old habits. I feel like its really hard to stay on the track. Yet, I can easily see the patterns. I'm losing focus, because of "other things" that go into my way. The usual, standard excuses: "I feel too sleepy to get up early", "I am tired to work out", "I don't feel passionate enough to work on that project"…

We all get this excuses. It's hard to fight them back when we feel apathetic, stressed or tired. But this state is often a downward spiral. It is important to realize that quickly and act!

Light the fire

There are couple things you can do, that can put you back on the track. These work for me and may as well work for you.

Going for a run is somehow easy, yet most powerful sparkle. Maybe the initial step may be little hard. That dread feeling when you need to leave your comfy room, overcome the feeling when your brain is trying to stop you. But the moment you leave your doubts behind closed door is the moment you're back on track. Feeling the vibe, the rush of energy when your heart starts beating faster. Of course, after 5 minutes you're sweating, short of breath, already getting tired. Let it be. Ease for a minute or two, let the feeling settle and enjoy the moment. This is your journey. Use the time to sort out problems, to think about the plan for getting back on track.

Sometimes you'll find amazing views in the ordinary places...

Recently, I've started listening podcasts while running. I'm a big fan of The Rich Roll Podcast. He is interviewing awesome people on his show and this brings a ton of inspirations, encouragement, and positive energy. After an hour of listening, even though tired physically I feel charged mentally, buzzing with motivation and energy to do more! But beware. This fades quickly, so be prepared to keep that thing going.

Keep it burning

How to handle that "back to normal" feeling on the next day, is actually much harder challenge. I haven't found any silver bullet solution yet. I am not even sure if it exists. Who knows. But I've gathered, the basics, which I know are working. You don't have to do them all, but the more the better. These are actually kind of opposites of that "downward spiral" I've mentioned in the beginning of the article. Just keep the focus on them and you'll find yourself on the way up!

Don't give up when you fail

It's not easy for me to actively maintain all those parts in my life. I often loose focus, giving up one, two, three or sometimes even all of those points. But the important thing is - just that - don't give up. You'll loose 100 times. You'll fail, you'll forget, you won't make it.

Such views are my rewards

Don't give up. Try again, and again. One more time, make an effort. And eventually, you'll succeed.

Written and maintained with ♥︎ — Jan Kraus, 2007 — 2019