The weekends can transform your upcoming week and also help to build up your mental strength for the upcoming week. And of course, the weekend is a great time to regroup and recharge so you can enter the upcoming week in a better mental state.
No matter how prepared and diligent you are, obstacles and setbacks will find their way onto your journey toward becoming the best version of yourself.
In fitness, this can be plateauing or a rough week with your healthy habits. In business, this could be becoming stagnant at a certain financial level or even worse, seeing the income well running dry due to a couple of rough weeks.
Unfortunate things in life happen, but the most important thing is how you bounce back and take action against the resistance. If you had a rough week (or a couple) or find yourself in a rut, use this weekend to recharge and regroup through addressing these three areas:
1. Are you making growth-based or fear-based decisions?
During the week, each decision that you make will come down to either being of fear or growth based. Fear based decisions happen to avoid discomfort and uncertainty. But, avoiding discomfort isn’t possible because discomfort waits for you on either track that you choose.
You can choose the discomfort of struggle created through short-sighted fear based decisions. Or you can choose the discomfort of growth leading to something greater down the road.
Fear based decisions are dangerous because it transports you into a scarce mindset, relinquishes your power to external sources, and sends you into negative self-talk.
Take some time this weekend to review your belief system, let go of past experiences that you hold onto, and get crystal clear on what you really want (no judging yourself on this one).
2. Reprioritize the basics.
After investigating your belief system and honing in on exactly what you want, looking ahead to the upcoming week should already feel a little more exciting.
More often than not, when overwhelm starts to appear or your work is in a rut, it’s best to take a “less is more” approach.
There are numerous tools and tactics around losing weight just as there are countless tools and tactics to building a business. Getting lost in the shiny and fancy strategies of the world leads to a negligence of the core fundamentals of succeeding in those specific endeavors.
Whatever it is you’re working on, commit to reverse engineering the steps down to a basic fundamental level. Pick a couple of those high-yielding tasks and only focus on those for the upcoming week.
Doing this reduces indecision and questions about if you’re doing the right thing. The basics are boring and far from trendy. However, the basics are the basics because they have stood the test of time and gotten countless others results.
Do yourself a favor and go on a low information diet and ruthlessly execute on the basics for the upcoming week.
3. Schedule your sleep for the upcoming week.
Had a rough week or a couple of rough weeks? Odds are, you haven’t been properly sleeping as you should.
In a hustle-centric society, it’s easy to become enthralled with that message and sacrifice sleep for profits. But eventually, lack of sleep will catch up with you. I know, we see people who are getting by with five hours of sleep.
You’re not the exception–those outliers are quite small. Besides, there’s a difference between existing through the day (often with the assistance of caffeine) and thriving through the day.
Not properly resting is going to affect your cognition, reaction times, emotional intelligence, relationships, and waistline (not in a good way).
If you want to turn around your business, health, and life, it starts with making sleep the centerpiece of that plan. Just as you schedule doctor appointments, date nights with your partner (hopefully!), and business meetings, take the time this weekend to pencil in sleep for the upcoming week.
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