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30 day challenge Day 31 -Results And Findings...


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Well here we are at the end of 31 days of my personal challenge. For those just tuning in, I am off work recovering from a surgical procedure on my shoulder. I have no competition for my time while I recover and decided to challenge myself to see what I can do in 30 days if I had NO interference from life and the stresses that go with it.

Two Primary Observations:

1) Sleep and stress-

The biggest benefit has been sleep and stress. Without question this has been the most noticeable benefit of stepping away briefly from the insanity that is called life. I never realized how burnt out I was until I had those stresses removed. I now have ambition again and feel re-energized. It wasn't until I had the stresses removed that I began to realize how detrimental stress is. When I get back to the real world, I am going to make it a point to draw lines and safeguard myself. I need to recognize that because I work a non-traditional schedule, I need to be even more careful of my time, my life, and those things I allow myself to take on. I am not super-human, I cannot save the world, and I am not going to throw myself under the bus to do it.

2) Self-Discipline-
As much as I hate to admit it, the daily circus of life forces a certain amount of structure into my life where if I want to accomplish anything, I had better use my time wisely because there is not much of it. I must take advantage of openings and opportunities that present themselves. I have always day dreamed of what I could do if I did not have this *$@#% job to keep screwing up my life. Well I have my opportunity and so far I have been astounded as to how little I have actually done. I can almost say that I have gotten more done when under the pressure of daily living than when I had my freedom. After having lived on both sides of the fence, I think I can safely say that it is a cop-out to blame circumstances or your work schedule on your inability to make strides forward. I have learned that it can be done and the responsibility falls square on our own shoulders. If you and I haven't worked out for a week or ate poorly, more than likely it is because we chose to and chose to not make it a priority.

Any one that knows me, can attest to my sense of self discipline and motivation. I lack neither and have done some pretty epic stuff. I can say honestly that even the most die-hard individual, when given total freedom in their time and life, will have to make a focused, determined effort to make their time count.

After this, I believe that in the end, success does not depend on circumstance, it depends on a daily commitment make forward progress. To always maintain an awareness the clock is ticking and if you ever want to see your objective go from dream to reality, you have to keep your focus, renew that focus daily, and make it a point to live in that reality.

Removing the time based obstacles did not make much of a difference in my personal accomplishments. What made the difference was that in my busy life, I hit the opportunities presented with fervor because inside I knew my opportunities were limited. It seems like humans, in general, act differently when presented with a "blank check". For me, the intensity and sense of urgency lessened when the pressure of life was removed. After all, why hit it hard today if I don't feel like it when there is always tomorrow and the pages on my planner are blank?

I guess in short, success is not dependent on the absence of obstacles, it is dependent on what we choose in the face of such obstacles and how effective we are with the opportunities afforded to every one of us.

I do have an opportunity to continue on with this for another 30 days due to therapy so lets see what the next 30 days brings.
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CORNERKICK 10/3/2014 1:23AM

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NDKARIKARI 9/15/2014 6:53AM

    thanks for sharing! emoticon

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NASFKAB 9/12/2014 1:49AM

  great thanks for sharing yur experiences with us

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MOONGLOWSNANA 9/10/2014 12:14PM

  Physically stronger and more mentally aware... A great way to spend your off time.

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2DAWN4 9/8/2014 9:10PM

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with me!

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LISALEEBRYAN 9/8/2014 11:46AM

    Well said...This really hit home with me today! Thank you for putting it all into perspective!

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223DAISY 9/6/2014 6:19PM

    Love it! Just what I needed at this very moment...Thanks for the thought provoking blog. I am so overwhelmed, I decided right before I read this blog that I must find a way to stop. This was my confirmation. Day 1 starts today

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GRACED777 9/5/2014 1:12AM

    After a stroke 6 years ago, I had a similar experience, except that I was also dealing with a lot of relearning. For several years life was very tedious, but as I continue to subtly improve, I've had some decisions to make about what's important. I'm still not in a paying job-my voice is very quiet and my driving is limited, and even with lots of exercise, I still "don't work right," but I think and can do the most important things, so actually have more of a voice in this world than before. And I've decided to use it. I am not using it the way I envisioned when I was working and wished I wasn't, but I have adapted. It's either that or go crazy with my "freedom," and going crazy wouldn't be pretty! So learning to bloom where I am planted is my best option.

Have a great weekend, and continue with your primary task right now, which is healing, friend!

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ROCKYCPA 9/4/2014 11:10PM

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WHITEANGEL4 9/4/2014 3:50PM

    Way to.....here is to your success

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RHAL1462 9/4/2014 3:11PM

    emoticon I too find that when time is available, I don't use it wisely. Being on a schedule is more motivating than one would think.

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GBSLIM 9/4/2014 3:04PM

    Whew. Had an ah ha moment reading this. Thank you.
Wishing you all the best with your recovery and your freedom.

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NONNAOF2 9/4/2014 2:52PM

  We all need to tweek our lives to make things work for us. I hope the next 30 days will be good days for you and that your recovery is quick! :-)

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FRAN0426 9/4/2014 1:31PM

    emoticon Continued success in your recovery

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MCHILSTR 9/4/2014 11:02AM

  Timely post for me to read - I retired 6 months ago, and am amazed at how little I've accomplished in those 6 months!

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MARGARITTM 9/4/2014 7:00AM

    Thanks - good thoughts to keep in mind

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FRABBIT 9/3/2014 7:52PM

  Excellent point on the self discipline!

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BALTOCHIC 9/3/2014 2:48PM

    I, too, am a goal-oriented person and I find that the more I have going on, the more I get done. It might be for me because I think, "Well I have plenty of time to accomplish X", whereas if I have more going on, I think, "I can fit X between Y and Z." (Even if it doesn't work in the alphabet, haha..) It's a fine line between over-booking and adding stress and under-booking and feeling like there's plenty of time, thus the procrastination.. for me.

As already mentioned above, Well Said! :-)

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JANEWATKINS 9/3/2014 1:13PM

    Great advice

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AMYSYOKO 9/3/2014 12:52PM

  great read, thanks for the insight

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WENDYANNE61 9/3/2014 8:48AM

    This sentence is so powerful, Robert - "you have to keep your focus, renew that focus daily, and make it a point to live in that reality". Wow, great food for thought today - thank you! Hope the next month goes well and you can achieve some new goals!

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JEB03253 9/3/2014 7:21AM

    Thank you for sharing your insights. Fitting it all in to real life can make stress soar.
Stepping back and realizing that you can't so everything for everyone is huge.

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WRITERWANNAB 9/3/2014 12:16AM

    Some great observations & very honest! emoticon

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TKOCHERA115 9/2/2014 10:42PM

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KEEPITUP62 9/2/2014 10:16PM

    a fabulous read again and once again I agree whole heatedly.
The choices we make with our time whether it be squeezed in or given all the time in the day, the choices we make are what determines our outcomes.

Being retired myself , instead of using my time wasting away and growing old, I chose to utilize it to the fullest and grow wiser and fitter and healthier each day.

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PJB149 9/2/2014 9:43PM

    "...in short, success is not dependent on the absence of obstacles, it is dependent on what we choose in the face of such obstacles and how effective we are with the opportunities afforded to every one of us"

WELL SAID, SIR. emoticon It is and will always be about choice. Those put before us and how we respond.



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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/2/2014 6:11PM

    Looks like you've learned some great lessons! Maybe spend the next month building the life you want around the hours that you'll be working? So that when you do go back to work, you'll have a good schedule in place.

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AJB121299 9/2/2014 4:54PM

    congrats

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 9/2/2014 3:33PM

    I can only imagine what it might be like to try and refocus your life on 'you' and not on what is needed from a job, and interesting view! Thanks for sharing.


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SPASCAL 9/2/2014 3:00PM

    So true! As a retiree newbie and a recovering back-injured person I can really appreciate your take on the wisdom of prioritizing goals. Get Well Soon. I look forward to hearing about your next 30 days!

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2WHEELER 9/2/2014 1:25PM

    Great and timely blog, especially about using time wisely. I am reminded of the saying, "If you want something done, ask a busy person."

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SLENDERELLA61 9/2/2014 12:49PM

    Brilliant blog! Great observations. You are so right. I contrast my pre-retirement years with my retirement schedule (although I do child care 60 hrs a week - so working in a way for no pay) and I see that you are absolutely right. Setting priorities is super important when you are busy; setting goals and creating positive routines when schedules are flexible are crucial for success!

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GRANNIEC1 9/2/2014 12:37PM

    Not only a recuperation period but a learning experience as well. Great use of your 30 days! emoticon

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DSHONEYC 9/2/2014 12:35PM

    emoticon and continue to heal!

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CHARITYAK 9/2/2014 11:55AM

    Interesting how a different set of circumstances can show us new areas of needed growth, new areas where we are stronger than we thought, things we like, things we don't like. Best wishes on the rest of the journey!

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HEALTHY42MORROW 9/2/2014 11:53AM

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ZINGALOO 9/2/2014 11:48AM

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Wonderful blog! Good luck in your recovery.

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MAYBER 9/2/2014 11:21AM

    Thank you for sharing your thought
Sleep Stress and Self Discipline all so very important in life
Best wishes as you continue on
One day at a time
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