Creating routines is a great start to improving, but we all experience falling off our routine. The resolution to eat better falls apart Super Bowl weekend when we gorge ourselves on chips, salsa, cheese dip, hot dogs, burgers, and everything else at the party. Splurging isn’t the problem. The problem arises the next week. If I ate everything in sight, I feel terrible and think “what is the point of continuing to eat well if I messed it up?” That mindset causes us to fall back into bad habits. I almost fell victim to that phenomenon last week.
Last week was terrible for my routine. Since creating my off-season routine, I haven’t followed it perfectly, but I generally reach at least 3 days of golf work and a couple days of exercise each week. My swing isn’t completely leaving me, and I think I will start spring in a better position than last spring. However, I completely missed the mark last week. Work became incredibly busy that took away time at night, and I spent no time on golf or exercise. The bottom fell out.
Work is still busy, and this week started with apathy. My mind thought the routine is done, so why not just relax with the little time I have. It is easy to fall into that trap. The key is to not let 1 bad week prevent me from continuing on the path to success.
The critical steps to not letting the apathy continue is to gain perspective and get started. Last winter, I did nothing to prepare for the golf season. I played a round or two when the weather was nice, but I didn’t work on anything inside. My perspective now must be that anything I do now makes a difference. Getting back to the full routine is not necessary to improve. Anything more than last year is improvement. Doubt creeps in, but the key is to catch that thought and realize an improvement perspective is what matters.
After regaining perspective, do something. This week, I am not perfectly back on my routine. However, I spent a little time on the full swing taking shots. Not perfect, but I did something. Gaining steam to combat apathy makes a difference. We all know it is easier to continue a trend. My trend will be to reintegrate practice on the schedule. I get a new opportunity every day to have fun with golf. I plan to take that opportunity.
Last week didn’t go as planned. I will not let that keep me from improving this week. Every day is a new day. Keep coming back to see my progress. Post on Facebook and Tweet out my article to help others get back on track!