My goal was to never miss a Monday, and I did. You know, I made it 12 episodes, I believe, so not quite – what is that – three months. It was really weird. I could tell it was going to happen, and then it got to the point where I almost missed another episode, because my routine had gotten so jacked up. What happened is, keeping things consistent. I had my routines at home set up, but I really didn’t plan out a good travel routine. I could tell things were kind of falling apart when I did the podcast in Korea. I had some down time, but I could tell this is getting harder to do. Then I did the one in Thailand, and when I got home, I was brain dead, just exhausted. But this is making up an excuse. I should have done it.
There’s really no good excuse for not getting it done, except for looking back at it, you know, it’s when your routine breaks. It’s so easy. It’s a pattern and a habit that I’ve had my whole life. I’m sure you can relate to that, too. It’s like your diet. Once you break your routine on your diet, you know you’re screwed. You break your workout routine, you’re screwed. You have to keep your routines and your habits. It’s like we talked about, a few episodes ago, about the morning routines, and the mini habits.
I had talked to one of my friends at the seminar in San Diego with Tahi Burns. He was telling me how much he enjoyed that episode, and how he’s knocking out like 300 pushups in the morning and 200 at night. You know, he’s 51. He’s in crazy good shape. I was like, “Man. That’s really cool that you’re sticking to that habit.” Then, of course, I missed one of my episodes and broke my habit.
So, what this episode is about is defining your routines and sticking to your habits. When I’m at home, it’s a lot easier for me, because I’ve got things pretty much dialed in the way I want them. I really didn’t plan in advance for what happened when I hit the road. So it was a really good lesson to not do that, because it was funny. I actually planned out my diet better than I normally do on a road trip. Usually, I eat really bad and gain a bunch of weight, but this trip, you know, the two trips I did back-to-back, I ended up losing weight, so I felt good about that, but I didn’t have a plan for getting this part of my life organised and done.
The thing you can learn from this one is develop your routine for when you’re at home, and what you’re doing. You’re to do those things like that, but then also, when you know you’re going to be hitting the road, it takes a little more planning. I thought I could just stick to my routine while on the road, and it didn’t happen. You know, you mix in travel delays, and jet lag, and all these other things where a guy could have recorded the episode days, but I didn’t. I was like, “Oh, I’ll just stick to it, that’s my routine on the road,” and it just didn’t happen.
The thing to take from this episode, like I said, just sticking to what you do, but when you go on the road, you’re going to have to account for some big changes. That can be with your diet. You know, what kind of food are you going to be able to get? Your workouts are going to be affected. Your work’s going to get affected, unless obviously you’re on a work trip. Like for me, these two back-to-back trips were super beneficial work-wise, but for this stuff, it wasn’t. I got a little burned out, and it was crazy, because I was looking at today, and I was like, “Man, I’m going to miss another episode.” It’s like, “No, I’m not. I’m in my routine. Let’s go knock this out. Let’s get it done.”
It would have been so easy just to have been like, “Ah, I’ll just catch up next week and next week,” and then next week never comes. That’s with any of our goals in life, if you want something, you have to stick to it, and make sure you get it done, because once you stop doing things, it’s so easy to not restart them. I mean, I went through that this whole week, like almost dreading getting this done, but I was like, “No, I enjoy this. I’m going to get this done, and crank it out.”
This is Paul. I hope you enjoyed this one. Next week, we’ll be continuously on schedule. Have a great week, get out there, and just crush it.
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