The All or Nothing Mentality Has to Go

Mike Coval
January 2, 2021

How many times have you told yourself, "well, I don't have time to do my full workout, so there's no point in doing it.  I'll get it in and do some extra work tomorrow."

It doesn't even have to be a workout.  Maybe you've said it about your work, family time, time with friends, your taxes, laundry…the list can go on & on.

The thought of when we complete something in its entirety is that we accomplished something.  It's something that we can check off our "to-do" list.  We feel better about ourselves.

But, what that mindset fails to do is acknowledge that even if we only:

-get 30 minutes of working out in as opposed to 75 minutes

-only get one load of laundry done as opposed to three

-only make the second half our child's game instead of the entire game

That we still showed up and did the work.  We're building a habit.  The habit isn't to workout out for X amount of time.  It's to live a healthy lifestyle that allows you to thrive in your life.

The habit isn't to successfully do ALL of the laundry in one fell swoop.  It's to get as much done as needed so that you and your family can have a basic need met for the next day.

The habit isn't to attend an entire game.  The habit is to consistently show your child that you're committed to things that they're interested in so that they feel loved & cared for.

Often times, the "all or nothing" mindset leads to a very dangerous game.  That game is called habitual procrastination.

Show up & do the work.  Even if it isn't as much as you would have liked.

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