Give yourself a break
Whatever you are working on to improve, there will be days when it is the very last thing you want to do. It doesn’t matter if you are training for a marathon or a spelling bee or trying to peel an apple in one continuous cut (it can be done!) What to do?
You can always give yourself permission to duff. I do this with some of my workouts. Some days, I burn straight through these drills and the sweat dripping off my chin feels great. Other days, not so much. So, I slow down. Do what feels comfortable. What they hey – I’m not training for the Olympics. And doing something is almost always better than doing nothing.
Or you can take a break for a day. Or a few days. Sometimes, a couple of days off helps you return with a vigor and enthusiasm that you had forgotten. Be careful, though. The key to improvement is mindful, incremental plodding toward a goal. There is a fine line – you will have to decide where it lays – between a rejuvenating break and giving up.
I think of this when writing. I usually have three, four, or five works-in-progress and it’s easy to meet whatever writing goal I have. If I just can’t find the motivation, I remind myself that this is a business for me, and make myself sit in front of the screen to write, even if it’s just a few words. Maybe I get a paragraph or two done but it’s something. Waiting for the muse is anathema to me. But, if you are a writer, or a gymnast, or a woodworker, and never, ever find the time to ply your craft, from either love or lust, I have to wonder if you’re doing something you really love. You’ll have to decide how it works for you.
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Hey! I’m an old guy. And a guitar player. What can I say. This rubs away the hard edges of the day…