I open my eyes, it’s time to get up and start the day. I bounce out of bed and get ready for my morning run. I’ve made this part very simple for myself by laying out my gear the night before. Within 10 minutes, I’m out the door enjoying the chill of the morning on my skin, and the warmth of the sun on my cheeks.
The next morning isn’t quite as easy. My alarm goes off. All I want is to roll over, wrap myself up in my blanket and sink back into that sweet sweet slumber. This is when a second voice chimes in:
“Get up! You’ve committed to getting out there today!”
Not surprisingly, a conversation ensues (putting off both jogging and sleep).
“I don’t want to today… I can delay it a bit. Just another hour. I need sleep.”
“Don’t b#!!s**t me! This is procrastination 101- I know you won’t get to it later.”
“I swear! I’m still exhausted from yesterday. Recovery is important too!”
“Recovery IS important, but you only feel groggy because you just woke up- GET UP!”
“This is different. It’s not just grogginess. Well… I’m pretty sure it’s different.”
At this point the two voices kinda merge as I wake up more: “Is rest actually the best choice for me now, or am I just finding excuses to be lazy?”
That’s when it hits me. Sh*t. I do need to get up. I need to cross that threshold (literally, step over the threshold out of the house), and find out how my body feels in action. I get my gear on, venture outside and commit to 5 minutes. Just 5 minutes. If it feels energising, I’ll keep at it. If I’m beat, I’ll go back home. This I can live with. At least I managed to get started and gave it a shot.
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