Keep on Keepin’ On

So, you have a routine comprised of habituated automated behaviors that are consistent with your desired and reasonably attainable identity. Then, a snowstorm comes up, requiring digging out cars. And then a Concert is looming in a week, which will combine new elements in a new way. And then somebody dies, requiring some action on a trust to deal with correcting actions of others from long ago, so just when you thought you had a well-managed routine, these three piles of interruptions assert themselves.

Are you going to run around like mad, trying to fill holes and plug gaps? Are you going to invent a new system and hide behind the fact that you’re not ready to justify being sub-optimal? Are you going to look for others or circumstances to blame for being an underachiever? You do realize that all of us are so optimal the majority of the time. Rarely do things come together, perfectly matching all of our capabilities and all of our circumstances, with a perfect frame of mind to take advantage of this convergence. What happens more often is you need to dig deep within yourself to prevail over all of these interruptions because there will be an unceasing of them for the rest of your life, which is not bad because it gives you something you have to do to respond to.

This is a good time to stop worrying about optimality and just worry about getting the basic job done because nobody, or hardly anybody, will ever notice when you are being optimal. They may have no time unless you tell them not to talk about it. This is a mistake because then you will have already admitted that you don’t feel so good about what’s going on, and that is not going to help anybody, least of all you.

It is, however, a terrific time to stick to your routine and vote for yourself. Once again, today, continue to put 1 foot in front of the other and get into the groove of knowing that your routine and sticking to it is like voting for yourself every day, and you can’t do too much of that. Beating yourself up is absolutely useless. This does not mean your routine is perfect or cannot be improved. Of course, you can do better and better and better. Having a routine is an excellent way to tell whether or not you are improving. Incremental improvement that is consistent over a long period of time is the only way to get closer to being to stop being an underachiever.

It is very much built into having a routine and contending with it throughout difficulties day in and day out, which permits you to get an excellent routine and an excellent result. So stick with it, keep improving it, do it every day, and get better and better and better.