Getting Back in the Saddle

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Have you ever had a project where you were going along great for some time, and then somehow you let it stop? Perhaps you had a goal that you were pursuing and you were making progress, doing the right activities, and then somehow you stopped? Of course all of us have had something like that at some point.  There is something you should be doing, something you used to be doing but you are not doing it any more.

What is that activity for you?

Is it….

  • Exercising?
  • Eating right?
  • Reading?
  • Working on your side business?
  • Writing?

What is the one activity that you used to do, know you should do, but just are not doing right now?

For me it is this blog.  If you look carefully you will notice that it has been nearly four months since I last posted.  For someone who used to, and wants to, post three times a week, this is unacceptable.

Sure, I have excuses.  I’m sure you have excuses to. There are likely really valid reasons why you have stopped doing that activity.  Likely you didn’t plan on stopping – something just happened – and then something else, and something else…..   I didn’t plan on taking this time off from writing for this blog, it just happened.

So now what?

You have an activity that you know you should be doing, that you want to do, but that you are not doing.  What now?

Do something.

The first step is to do something.  Anything.  It doesn’t have to be big. Just do it.  This isn’t going to be the longest post I’ve ever had.  And, while I hope it is a great post, it probably won’t be my best ever.  I’m writing something and getting something out there.

Taking action breaks the negative inertia that is holding you back. It gets you moving in the right direction.  The start is the hardest part, so just doing something is extremely valuable.

After that?

Determine your next activity.

If you can do it now then do it.  If not, schedule it and commit to it.  I commit that by Thursday at the latest there will be another post on this blog.  I’m going to get back into the routine that I used to have.

To summarize, there are three simple steps:

1.  Recognize what activity you have let slip.
2.  Do something on that activity.
3.  Determine your next activity.

Written by:
Danny Gamache – The Success Professor

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3 Responses to “Getting Back in the Saddle”

  1. Eduard @ People Skills Decoded says on :

    Hay Danny,

    I think that being able to get back on the saddle is a very valuable life skill. Because in a lot of our projects, we tend to abandon at one point, even if it’s still worth doing them. And a lot of us think too much in black and white, so one we get off the saddle, we don’t get on it again. If I quit my exercise program for one day, what’s the point of going back to it again, right? Perfectionist logic which creates trouble.

  2. Annie says on :

    This is an excellent post! I too have let my blogging activity slip, mainly because it all became too personal at a very personally challenging time. Thanks for writing this!

  3. The Success Professor says on :

    @ Eduard
    Thanks Eduard. Great example with the exercise program. What you describe is very common. That is why gyms are booked full in January and then back to their normal activity level by February.

    @ Annie
    Thanks for the feedback. I hope you get your blogging activity back up to your standards soon!

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