How to Do More Than You Think You Can
For the three years of marriage before our son was born, my husband and I had a pretty regular Saturday routine. We got out of bed whenever we felt like it, which was usually around 7 or 7:30. We would...
For the three years of marriage before our son was born, my husband and I had a pretty regular Saturday routine. We got out of bed whenever we felt like it, which was usually around 7 or 7:30. We would head downstairs and make coffee and then for the next hour or so while we were drinking coffee and waking up, we watched whatever HGTV show was on. Matt’s favorite is “Yard Crashers” and mine is “Kitchen Crashers”—probably because Matt loves working in the yard more than any other house responsibility, and I dreamed of a kitchen that didn’t have plaster textured walls, an oven from 1983, and sad brown cabinets.
And inevitably, watching the home improvement show always inspired us to work on the house that day.
We tackled a new project every weekend and worked our butts off those first two years. We (he) built things like a bay window bench, laundry room, pergola, pantry, and built-in desk. We (I) updated the paint, furniture and decorations throughout the house one room at a time. We both DIY’d one project after another until the entire house was updated and felt like ours. (The things you can do when you don’t have kids . . .)
It may sound silly, but we were able to work as hard as we did and accomplish as much as we did each weekend because we started our day inspired about what we could do.
We don’t do major house projects anymore since Carter has been born, and we don’t have the time or desire to, but something interesting happened last Saturday.
We followed a similar routine—we woke up when our son got us up and we came downstairs to make coffee. Matt was flipping through the channels and landed on ESPN while we drank our coffee, and the CrossFit Games was on.
Now I don’t know much about CrossFit, but I do know that watching those incredible athletes compete for the first part of my day while I woke up had the same effect as watching our home improvement shows.
As we were watching them, Matt and I got fired up and decided to go for a run later that morning. We packed up the jogging stroller, Carter’s fan and our water bottles and set out to run three miles (which is plenty, especially when you’re pushing an NFL player in a stroller.)
But just like with the house projects, we did more than we thought we could. We instead ran six miles that morning with the stroller!
I’m not suggesting that watching TV all of the time is going to produce life-changing results. But I do want to remind you that what you put in your mind matters.
What you watch, read, listen to and surround yourself with affects you. It either builds you up or tears you down. It either inspires you or discourages you. It either moves you or keeps you stuck. And it’s your responsibility to feed your mind good things every single day.
“People say motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.”
Whether it’s listening to the Black Eyed Peas (my running band of choice) to get you pumped up for your workout, or watching a home improvement show to get you excited to tackle a project, or reading a great business book to inject new energy into your career—what you put in your mind matters.
So choose good things. You never know, it may just turn that lazy Saturday morning into a day you set a new stroller record by running six miles without even planning on it.