Sunday night I received the following text message:
“How’s it going my brother! I’m looking to get an open gym night going 1-2 times a month on Mondays at my church…”
The message was from my good friend Barry Baker.
Amazing, literally the day before I was tempted to get on Facebook and ask if anyone knew of an open gym somewhere. I hadn’t played in at least a year and really miss it. Funny how this seems to work.
Excited, I showed up at the gym a few minutes early to get loose and stretch out. As I was getting ready, everyone showed up at once. As I sized up the competition I realized I was maybe the oldest guy on the court. Most of the players are in their 20’s, one or two in their 30’s and then Barry and I bringing in the above 45 crowd. (ok, above 48 crowd). We played, had a great time, no major injuries or embarrassment.
However, I knew that I had to make some major adjustments to my schedule for the next day if I was going to have a chance to win the day.
You see, we started playing at 7PM, finished around 8:30PM and we played pretty much straight through full court 4 on 4 basketball. My body was not quite acclimated to the rigors of this sport. It’s been too long and as I climbed into my truck I knew I was in trouble.
My morning routine is to get up early and get to the gym first thing. My first appointment is gym time because my health is the top of my priority list each day. With good health, we can have a solid foundation with which to operate in our daily lives.
Sitting in the truck, recovering from the experience, it was clear to me that I would not want to get out of bed tomorrow. What should I do?
There are a few things that I want to accomplish everyday in order to be successful. Exercise, reading, writing, praying, and diet. Accordingly, I set up a system so that each one of those items is done before my workday begins. My calendar reflects exercise first, prayer second, reading third, and writing fourth. This is done before I begin my work day, which starts at 9AM.
If I miss my exercise routine, the rest of the day gets compromised, so that first appointment is critical.
Still sitting in the truck, I call Theresa and hatch a plan. I asked her if she could run a hot bath for me so once I get home I can start the recovery. Okay, that’s step number one. I’ll figure out the rest of the plan once I get into that warm, soapy bath.
Years ago I learned that we can’t expect to be perfect in everything we do. Our goal daily should be to win the day, but we’re not going to win every day. If we win enough days during the week we can win the week. So winning 4 out of 5 days is a win. Heck 3 out of 5 days is a win for the week, and if we win enough weeks we can win the month, and if we win enough months we will win the year.
This was a major help to me in my growth as I tend to be a perfectionist. You know, trying to get every day perfect. Realizing I didn’t have to win 24/7 gave me grace and the ability to be okay with imperfection.
Looking up at the ceiling, I am totally relaxed and enjoying the almost too hot bath, but my mind still had not delivered the answer to my dilemma.
I finished the bath, and as I was getting ready to go to bed, I told Theresa that if I didn’t take action right now before I go to bed, I am going to lose tomorrow. What should I do?
As usual, she had an excellent suggestion.
“What if you move your exercise routine tomorrow to the end of the day?” This was brilliant, I could keep my prayer, reading, and writing schedule the same while giving myself a little grace with a couple of hours extra sleep.
“Perfection is not cost justified.” Wisdom from my buddy Doug Feagles, a very high quality builder.
So it is with life, don’t worry about winning every single day, just try to win the week. Those wins will add up and before you know it, you’ll be where you want to be.
Oh, by the way, I won that day! Sore body and all.