Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Passing the Test

Recently I read an interesting article about a retired Navy SEAL that still gets up at 4:30 every morning.

Not because he has to, but because that's how discipline starts.

I'll let him explain:

The moment the alarm goes off is the first test; it sets the tone for the rest of the day. The test is not a complex one: when the alarm goes off, do you get up out of bed, or do you lie there in comfort and fall back to sleep? If you have the discipline to get out of bed, you win — you pass the test. If you are mentally weak for that moment and you let that weakness keep you in bed, you fail. Though it seems small, that weakness translates to more significant decisions. But if you exercise discipline, that too translates to more substantial elements of your life

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday period with a career in retail, combined with the other social obligations associated with the holidays, I'll readily admit that my discipline has definitely slipped.  

This SEAL provides an interesting perspective on our first test of the day.  What we choose to do with it is up to us.

I hope to see you up and out there at 4:30.  I'm going to try and be there.

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