Missing a day.
When one commits to a daily something as a specific task, missing a day can be a big emotional ouch.
Back when I boxed everyday, whether at the gym or at home, missing a day felt like a betrayal. I had gone ahead and signed some sort of blood pact with myself to train everyday and then blown it!
The next day always felt awkward. I found myself discounting the days and weeks of effort and sweat as if I had to start all over again.
Of course, I didn’t have to. Sure I lost the day, but it didn’t mean having to give up training or all the good that working out in the ring had done for me. It just meant that I had to work a bit harder to get my groove back; a few extra sit-ups to make up for the ones I’d lost. Perhaps throwing in an extra bit on the treadmill during the warm-up, or the three rounds on the slip rope I’d been meaning to work into my routine.
The point is not to beat yourself up.
Things happen. Work, family, a rotten cold, or maybe a jammed feeling that leaves a blue cast over the day that you just can’t shake. The next day will be there for you to do your daily something again — and really, it’ll be okay.
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