I met a friend of mine recently for the first time in a while. For most of his 20s he operated in a very high performance sporting environment, and as a result used to setting various physical and mental goals, focusing on them with intent, and usually achieving them.
Now he has young children and he was bemoaning the fact that despite aiming to get on his bike for a certain amount of time every morning, if it’s his turn, and one of the children don’t sleep well, the cycle goes out the window for that particular day.
I aim to get this blog out by lunchtime every day but sometimes it’s just not possible. Like today.
But do you know what – that’s OK.
Because when setting goals or trying to start new habits, it’s important to build in some slack into your system. Otherwise one slip-up can lead to self-criticism and the end of what you’re trying to do, as opposed to looking on it as merely a hiccup, and getting back in the saddle the following day.