I do not like change. I am a routine person. I do the same things every day; any change and my whole day feels the ripple. 

It sounds selfish, but I need my alone time. I get to work early so I can go to the gym alone. No, I’m not obsessed with weight; I’m not a “health nut.” I just love to get on the treadmill, listen to a motivational message, and get my mind ready to focus on the day. I don’t need yesterday’s problems on this day. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring or if there will even be a tomorrow, so I’m going to put all my focus on right now; to do everything I can to get it right. 

And “it” is whatever I’m doing at this very moment. If I maximize my effort, I will also maximize my results. I will not cut corners. If I do that, if I short change my effort, if I give less than my best, I would have to accept reaping less than exceptional rewards. I’m not good with that. I want the best so I’m going to give my all. 

My routine gets me going for the day. If something happens that throws me off, I can recenter. I have that ability. I can reset my focus by remembering what I’m working towards. 

I’m not going to let some little bump effect a change in my goals. I’m not going to let weak minded people prevent me from reaching my potential. 

It’s bad to get stuck in a rut. To keep on the same path day in and day out, but that’s not what my routine is. It’s a way I can track my progress, my growth. It’s a way to refocus my thoughts and recenter my point of view so my vision isn’t skewed. 

Write out your goals. Picture these when you lose your focus. It’s going to help you remember who you are and why you are working so hard. Don’t give up. What if your breakthrough is just beyond this bump? That last mile is always the longest, but it makes the reward that much sweeter. 

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