Pick Up the Pace on Sunday

This morning, as I rode my bike towards the last of three “nasty” hills (in COREageous-speak that translates into “wonderfully steep”), it reminded me of how important it is to build some momentum ahead of a challenge. If I wait to pick up the pace at the base of the hill, the climb is less forgiving. (Actually, “miserable” and “energy-sucking” are better descriptors.) It’s much smarter to get some speed going a quarter mile before the incline.

I use this experience to incite a mental shift from the weekend to the workweek. On Sundays, while most people hang around and dread Monday, with a Sunday ritual you can get ahead of the pack and cruise full speed ahead into the workweek. If you let the Sunday-Monday doldrums attack you, it will take Herculean effort to pump up your mood and meet your milestones for the week. I also share this Sunday ritual lecture with my college clients, the future entrepreneurs.

Even if you’re not a fitness nut, work with me here: Get up early Sunday while the house is quiet, hydrate and do some stretches. Read the news, check your phone, have a strong cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy a healthy breakfast with your family or a friend. Gather your gear, think about your route and air up the tires. Think about what you want to accomplish today. You’re warming up easy on the flats. Look over your plan. See the hill way in the distance? It’s comin’ fast. Listen to a motivational podcast or read an article from your industry. Gradually pick up the pace, 100 yards to go before the incline. With your intellectual energy piqued, your focus strong and your phone turned off – get to work. You’ve got this! Charge up that hill!

Pick up the pace on Sunday. It’ll be easy to keep that positive energy and determination going all week, without even breaking a sweat!

I’m eager to hear how the Sunday ritual is working for you! Please write me at [email protected]

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Two Steps to a Smooth Re-entry

To echo my previous blog, let me remind you that the most powerful transformations begin with small, consistent steps.

The most common refrain I’m getting from readers this week is: “I just returned from time off from my project, and I’m having a tough time getting back in the groove.” This is where your brain is saying, “I am struggling to shift gears” or “I can’t get a foothold back into my routine.”  Hopefully, you had some hunks of restorative downtime – you caught up on sleep, you let your mind wander so that your subconscious had a chance to work on solutions and new ideas. Bravo! Now, make your re-entry into the world of work smoother:

  • If you don’t have a simple morning ritual, a jump-start to your day, find one. See my earlier blogs on this topic. If you had a morning ritual, maybe it’s not as potent as it needs to be. It’s okay and advisable to tweak a ritual – maybe add little more push to last year’s routine, or replace one step with another to keep it fresh. For example, I’ve begun alternating a slide workout on M,W,F with a holding position on T and TH. I’m adding no extra time, just a little spice. One of my students is starting off his morning ritual this year with a strong cup of coffee instead of waiting till after. Keep your routine simple, novel and effective or watch it fade.
  • Do 1-2 tasks that require some deep productive work starting today, short bursts of 30-60 minutes, to refresh your concentration. Reward yourself in a small, but appreciable way for re-igniting your brain’s super powers.

Take just those two steps and call me in the morning!

This is your year to make things happen! Let my CoreFour Coaching be the push you need. Email me at [email protected]. Happy 2018!       

 

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