Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Reserve

This week I was brought back about 2 years, ironically and frustratingly- to my own advice.

My son slept through the night for the first time this week- 14 weeks after his birth and not a moment too soon for his parents, including his dad who is still exercising and trying to run a business and maintain relationships; or his mom who handles 90% of those middle-of-the-night feedings and then has to deal with her husband.

The advice came into play as a busy year wrapped 1 milisecond before another busy year began and the candle was being burned at both ends as the expression goes. My workouts were suffering and I had not called a few very clsoe friends in a little while, which has me feeling angry at myself for not being more on top of things or being able to execute and rise above no matter what the situation.

The advice- given to a team of high level rugby players while they were puking or near puking from a gruelling workout, was simply this...

"what you conserve now in the face of your greatest adversity is exactly what you will lack during your time of greatest need".

Basically- if those guys took it easy through the workout, during some of the many tough matches they had that year- their fitness and their mental endurance to push- would not have been there. With respect to fitness, whether you play a competitive sport or not- this advice is nearly if not always a universal truth.

The same advice though, pertains to planning, task execution, time management, and being able to multi-task as well as align the different roles of your life. If I was good at managing my time before I had a son - now I have to be great (if I want to be any kind of father while still being a half way decent husband and business leader).

It's times like these that I'm thankful for the routines I do stick to successfully, but also kick myself for any weeks I come into Monday a little less prepared.

The morale of the story - the skill, strength, and success you reach for during times of feast will serve you well during times of famine... the harder you work now the easier it will be in the future- if for no other reason than you have conditioned yourself to work hard.

Want to last a little longer when life throws you 1,2,3,10 challenges at once - put a little reserve in your mind and your body by pushing past what you need at minimum during the good times.

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