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So lately I've been a little lethargic. Feels like my moving parts need lubrication, some cleaning; need to get rid of corrosion that's trying to set in. My mind is tired.
I got to myself, did some praying, some meditating, did some thinking, and the Holy Spirit showed me; I'm not as tired as much as I am out of order. Let me explain - (in my Kevin Hart voice).
I've not been getting up 1 to 1.5 hours earlier than my usual time; which would allow me to communicate with the Father and prepare myself for the day ahead of me. Thus I'm not prepared.
I've not been eating properly; although I'm not eating poorly, my diet could use a small overhaul. I'm depleted of vital nutrients. Thus I'm tired.
I've not been exercising my usual 3 to 4 times a week; lucky if I get in 1 day. I'm taking on projects during the day, and not carving out my exercise time. Thus I'm sluggish in my thoughts and my rest patterns are interrupted.
I've not been getting enough sleep, watching those exciting shows after 9:00 p.m. and not utilizing the DVR. Thus I'm out of whack because I'm sleepy. Oh yeah, the struggle is real!
Totally Out of Order!
So, now that I've identified my issues, what do I do? Stop doing the things that I'm not suppose to be doing, and start doing the things I'm suppose to be doing? Yes, that's a start, but how about I acknowledge the signs that I DO SEE when they fast approach me, so that I can get a head start on and cut off the spiral effects before they hit me hard. Then be thankful I can hit the reset button on my mind and my though process, be thankful that I can change some things.
We all get out of order from time to time; but if we sit back, think about what's really going on with us, and acknowledge it, then we can help ourselves. If you have a layout of what helps you get through your days like I have (mentioned in my list of things I haven't been doing), then utilize it. Nine times out of ten if we have taken the time to jot these things down, they really work, but we have to work for them too.
We've all heard that it takes just 21 days for habits to form, truth is some habits take just a few weeks, others take much longer. I've read the time to change a habit from non-existent to automatic ranged from 18 days to over five months. The average was 66 days. Wow.
One thing we do know is repetition is important; for example if I've set my alarm clock to wake up at 5:00 a.m. Monday through Friday for the past six months and I've actually gotten up at that time, chances are that I am going to wake up at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, regardless of whether I've set my alarm for 5:00 a.m. or not. Because of the repetition, I've formed a habit. Since it's up to me what habits I form for myself, I might as well form some healthy ones and stick to them; part of forming the healthy habits is, again....identifying the damaging habits that will subtly sneak into our psyche to aid us in sabotaging the plans we have to live healthy.
I'm on the road as of late this afternoon to getting rid of the out of order sign attached to my forehead. I'm hitting rewind, punching reset again, just trying to do better. Join me. Blessing to you in your efforts to getting your sticky note on your forehead to read operating at 100%.