“I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up…. and handle it.”-Tupac Shakur
You know, somedays I don’t feel 100%. Does this sometimes happen to you?
I’m sure it does.
A hard thing about working for yourself is days like this can be a struggle between wanting to fight it and wanting to say, “F it,” and watching Netflix all day.
And, my friend, today is one of those days.
I’ve decided I’m going to see it through. I’m going to write, read, work, not workout, and probably do a bit more reading than usual (because that’s low physical stress).
Something I use when I’m not feeling so hot are affirmations/incantations. These are sayings or chants that I say to myself as a means of “psyching” my brain into making my body feel better.
What’s crazy is, it works!
When it works, you often forgot that it worked at all because you just go about your day.
Here’s one I used today: “I feel awesome and I’m full of energy.”
I said that out loud a few times, then thought it in my head even more.
So now, here I am, writing to you even though I could be—and debatably, should be—lying in bed.
Of course, there are times when laying in bed is the best course of action. In fact, I probably need more days like that in my life.
Whatever. I’ve made my decision and I’m sticking to it.
This reminds me of that quote that is often found on t-shirts and posters: “The best way out is through.”
When I don’t feel like training, this is what I do: I train.
When I don’t feel like working, this is what I do: I work.
When I feel not so great, this is what I do: I convince myself I feel great (using affirmations) and I keep going.
So much of your life is determined by the slightest variations of thought in your head. You don’t realize it, but you so often hang on the teeter-totter of this precarious edge. A slight shift of the mind to the left or right can result in entirely different outcomes in your life.
You have to grab the mental reins and direct the beast the way you want it to go. You have to take charge.
Are you feeling average today? Focus on positivity and optimism and you’ll steer the beast of your mind to feel better and good.
Are you feeling bad today? Steer the beast and you’ll probably end up feeling average or better.
Are you feeling amazing today? Keep that momentum going and even better things will happen.
And so on.
You know what? I feel better now since I started writing this. Crazy, huh?
Here’s to the rest of my day (and yours) being awesome!
Colin Stuckert Founder/CEO, Wild Foods