This current ride as an entrepreneur, running my own side business in an effort to make it a much bigger business that can replace my regular 9 to 5 job income, has seen so many ups and downs. It is absolutely a roller coaster ride of emotions through wins and losses. It’s been full of small successes and large failures as I find my way through the minefield. But every mine I hit means that I’m one step closer to success.
Getting back on track seems like a constant thing in my current state. I fall off the horse and have to get back on…constantly. I’m trying to cut down those peaks and valleys, to get to a place where I don’t need to continue trying to get back on track. I’m sure I will get there, but it will take work and discipline to make it happen.
Getting Back on Track
In order to get back on track, I need to get my mind in the game. There are a few things that work for me on this front. First is a workout. I haven’t done a workout of any kind in forever…at least that’s how it feels. It’s probably been a month, but that’s waaaay too long.
So I got in a workout this morning, a quick spin on the stationary bike in the garage. That got the blood flowing and cleared the junk out of my head. Hopefully it also cleared out the booze from my body, a side effect of seeing family these past few days.
The next thing that helps me get back on track is taking action. So today will be business action of the massive variety. I have phone calls to make to buyers and sellers, I have marketing to setup, and I have two properties I’m trying to sell. Lots to do and I’ll push to make inroads on every front today. Just taking massive action.
All of that will get me moving for today, but I need more to keep the fire burning for tomorrow and beyond.
In order to keep moving for tomorrow and beyond, I need some discipline. Some consistent routine that I can follow to help me stay organized, in the right frame of mind, and taking consistent action. For me, this comes in the form of a book, one that I’ve recommended before and will continue to recommend.
It’s the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I’ve gotten so much out of this one and recommend it highly to anyone who is trying to improve their performance…in anything.
The discipline comes with following the routine every morning. The routine for me is meditation, affirmations, visualization, exercise, writing, and reading. The first three take me about 10-20 minutes. The exercise takes about 20-30 minutes. The writing takes me too long, about 30 minutes…I want to get that down to 10-15 minutes. And the reading is about 20-30 minutes, but I’m not good about doing it in the morning, usually do it at night.
I know I can improve if I stick to the discipline of performing that morning routine every day consistently. It has worked well for short periods, now I need to get it going again.
I’ve got one day under my belt and I’ll start stringing together some similar days starting tomorrow.
What I’m Grateful For
Today I’m grateful for my family. I’ve been away from this blog and my side business for almost a week because we had family in town. I had the chance to see my parents, sister, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, and others. I came away from that time happy. Happy that I got to see everyone…happy that we got to spend time together with laughter…and happy that my kids got to hang out with cousins.
We live far apart and don’t get to see family often enough. We always seem to talk about doing it more frequently, getting together for some other event, but it never seems to materialize. I’m just glad we got to spend some time together for this past weekend.