This summary of the second week is a little later than I was planning, but the second week itself was a pretty huge challenge. And for once the challenge was not the typical “these new habits are hard” type non-sense I have tried to use as an excuse in the past. This time, I was sick and I simply did not have the energy or opportunity for my full predetermined process situation.
Core Focus of the Week: Just keep going, as best I can.
During the second week, I had to keep in mind Hal Elrod‘s reminder that this whole process of making 2022 my best year ever is “about progress, not perfection.”
I did as many of my predetermined process steps as I could, and modified others as best I could, given the health challenges I was handling. For example, I slightly modified my Miracle Morning SAVERS to accommodate my strength limitations and the extreme fatigue I was feeling. BUT, I still made it a point to do my Miracle Morning.
Every step forward is a step forward.
As I mentioned before, I know that idea seems almost ridiculous, far too simple, or even childishly simplistic on the surface. But it is so easy to forget that stumbling forward is still moving forward. It is so easy to forget that a 1% improvement, or even a 0.1% improvement IS improvement.
If the goal is to be the best version of myself, then every single step forward, however small and halting, is a step forward. Every single improvement, no matter how small, is still improvement and means that I have become a better version of myself than I was before that small improvement.
In the second week…
- I lowered my weight by about 1 pound, in a healthy and sustainable way.
- I continued to drink more water than I did prior to 2022.
- I continued to make better food choices, more often than not.
- I continued intentional walking, totaling another 2 hours worth.
- I added another $10 to my savings balance.
- I added another $100+ to my investment balance.
- I continued investigating side hustle ideas, ruling out several ideas already.
- I continued to deepen and strengthen my relationship with my wife.
- I consistently did my Miracle Morning SAVERS each day, and enjoyed Hal’s app for the 30-day challenge
- I read more from Lead the Field, read more from The Money Tree, and my wife ordered me a copy of 12 Rules for Life.
- I continued to engage with high-quality content about Stoicism, Buddhism, and conquering my procrastination habit, learning about practices that will make me a better version of myself each day.
- I enjoyed a great deal of Jim Rohn content, taking advantage of Jim’s proven mindset and philosophy towards life, to begin refining my own philosophy and mindset.
- I laughed, deeply and often, each day because I made it a point to take advantage of the best medicine (I am convinced it is the best medicine for mind, soul, spirit, and body).
- I continued learning about Buddhist teachings and launched a page on my site where I can collect these teachings and begin to reflect on my understanding of them and also reflect on how the practices can deepen my Christian faith as well.
- I learned about the Stoic idea that “glory is fleeting” and began to ponder how I can apply this thought to my own life.
- I consistently engaged with Psalms, Proverbs, and the Tao Te Ching, filling my mind with ancient, but timeless, wisdom.
As I look back on that list, I must say, in both humility and honesty, that I have again gained a HUGE amount over just a seven-day period, even in the midst of being sick with an upper respiratory illness of some sort. And as I wrote in the last summary, I can see again, why it is so much more beneficial to focus on gains.