I have made it a practice for quite some time now to never miss a “Monday workout.” It’s become a little ritual that unless extreme circumstances arise, I never skip no matter what.
The process hardly ever changes though. On Monday morning I wake up feeling pretty tired and achy, and self-doubt starts to creep into my mind. I start to bargain with myself about how the baby kept me up last night, and that it doesn’t matter if I miss just one little work out.
Eventually I pull myself into my garage, and start the ritual. The entire time my mind is my enemy begging me to quit. About halfway into the work out I’m glad I started. I’m filled with energy, and my endorphins have kicked in and I start to get that high feeling. This is why I workout on Mondays.
Though I find no physical or mental release better than a good workout, the word workout is interchangeable. It’s just the ritual of doing something every Monday that I am able to find peace in and set the tone for the rest of the week. For you it could be a bicycle ride, meditation, a good book, or meeting up with a friend for a cup of coffee. It’s the routine, the “me time”, and you will notice that no matter what it is, your mind can try to become your biggest enemy. Half way through my workout, I’ve defeated the chattering monkey of the mind and complete the workout.
If we take note, many times through our day our mind will try and convince us we aren’t good enough. We are too tired, we are too thin, we are too fat, we aren’t good enough, we didn’t try hard enough, we are bad parents, and soon we become our own biggest enemy. Self-doubt is the scourge of the mind and we have to consciously make an effort to fight back. Just as I have to drag myself into a workout, I have to remind myself that the power of positive thinking is vital to manifesting my dreams. Self doubt is the scourge of the mind. What we believe of ourselves becomes our reality. We must believe we are the best version of ourselves we can be.