We love to celebrate PRs at the gym and think about how excited you got the last time you PR’d “Fran” or added 10 pounds to your snatch.
- But when is the last time you PR’d making your bed?
Didn’t take me long today to get to the confusing part now did it?!?
Let’s chat about celebrating the little “PRs” you achieve on a daily basis. If you look hard enough, the little wins are everywhere. I read a post recently from Mark Sisson that talks about this as well (you do know I don’t invent anything new here…right?!?). If you don’t subscribe to Mark’s stuff, you should click here now and enjoy reading about all things Primal.
In this post he says that when you start off your health and wellness or fitness journey there are tons of little wins laying around just waiting to be conquered. Some examples of what he is talking about are:
- Getting to bed by 10:00 p.m.
- Throwing food in a Crockpot before work in the morning.
- Raising your heart rate every day.
- Doing bodyweight exercises.
- No sugar or starchy junk.
- Focus on meat and vegetables.
When I read that post it reminded me of a pretty famous speech given by Admiral McRaven at the University of Texas in Austin commencement ceremonies in May of 2014. You may have heard this speech referred to as the “Make Your Bed” speech. If you have not heard of it here’s a link to the whole 20 minute speech.
A common thread between these two posts that struck me is how accomplishing even a “little” thing can have a huge impact on your day, your health, those around you, and ultimately the world. Another commonality that I found was that so often these little wins are overlooked and never accomplished.
So here is my challenge for you this week:
- Accomplish something small EACH DAY and then celebrate the heck out of it.
I think it is pretty cool that I can easily look to you and your fellow Rioters for some great examples of things to do this week. Here is a short list right off the top of my head:
- Put your feet on the floor when your alarm goes off.
- Wake up without the help of your big sister.
- Don’t blow off the workouts you signed up for.
- High five every one of your classmates at the end of the workout.
- PR your smile time during a workout.
Do those, or any other of the million little things you accomplish every day, and I guarantee you will change the world for the better. Sounds pretty cool doesn’t it?
That’s it for now Rioters. Thanks for reading and I hope you have an awesome week!