By Joe Hendry
So it’s now been a few weeks since most of us have been in our homes. For some, the novelty of more downtime will be wearing off, but it’s my hope that you all got some much needed rest, recuperation and perhaps even reconnection with old friends and relatives you haven't spoken to in a while via social media.
A lot of you may be thinking, “What now?”
It’s just one person’s opinion, but for me I feel it’s about finding meaning within the four walls of your house, and the best place to start is routine. Build it up day by day.
Right now, if I can walk the dog, read for an hour and get my diet and exercise right, that’s a win for me. Am I used to doing more? Yes. But this is a totally unprecedented situation and we all need a bit of structure to get us through it.
I am a firm believer in everything happens for a reason. And not necessarily because there is a predetermined path for us. I believe you have to make everything happen for a reason. You have to find the reason.
For example, a decade ago at university, I broke my leg so badly that it was facing the wrong way when I arrived at the hospital. I was miserable. When I got home I couldn't even transport my food from one room to the other. I made a conscious decision that I would look back on this and turn what had happened into a positive outcome. I did that by making a change I would not have otherwise made.
My grades were average at the time and as a result, I was on track for an average result in my degree. I decided that because this happened, I would study all day, every day in the run-up to my final fourth-year exams. And when I say all day, I mean ALL DAY.
When the results came back, I graduated with First-Class Honours and was later informed by my lecturer that I cleared this margin by two marks. Two marks out of the thousands compiled to determine our degree. There is no doubt had I not broken my leg, I would not have graduated with this grade, and that's one way that you can take control of your situation.
I can honestly say breaking my leg had a positive impact on my life. It made me a better person and pushed me to achieve something I didn’t think possible
How does this relate to this situation?
My challenge to you is to do something during this downtime that you wouldn’t have otherwise done, so that you can look back on this and reflect upon a difficult situation that forced you to become a better version of yourself. And you can start the process with building a routine. Day by day. Piece by piece.
It could be as simple as making the bed. The day after, make the bed, then read something productive for 15 minutes. Keep adding things. Before you know it, you’ll have developed habits that become a lifestyle and you’ll be way closer to your goals than you ever thought possible.
This decision comes with a disclaimer, though. Make sure to always put some time aside to rest, relax and call the family.
Part of having a successful routine is knowing that you can’t always be working and you need to take the foot off the gas pedal every now and then to recharge your batteries and get the perspective you need to best serve your family, friends, colleagues and in our case, our audience.
I’ll hold myself accountable to this also. I’ve now made the decision that in this time I will study and gain a qualification related to health and fitness so I can improve my personal development and better serve the students at my wrestling school when this is all over. Tweet me (@joehendry) and let me know what your goals are. There's a much higher chance you'll achieve them if you put them out there for the world to see!
Admittedly, today's post has been mostly business, so expect some book, film and TV recommendations in the next one.
In the meantime, stay safe and thank you for reading.