Sometimes, we aren't at our best. For whatever reason. Tired, distracted by fantasy football, errands, eating junkfood, a feeling of laziness.
I usually struggle so much on these days not because of lower production. I have difficulty handling the stress caused by knowing that I didn't make much progress. Negative thoughts creep in like: "I'm not cut out fon this" and "my life is wasting away".
Today, I am fasting on coca tea. It's lunch time, and getting kind of tough. Strong cravings for food. Having done this before, tonight will be the real test.
I may not make a ton of progress this afternoon. Maybe just walking and reading. Tangible work is limited to a solid hour and a half of work this AM. Tomorrow I will be better.
So I'll take it. I am against a strong defense (resistance) today. The 49ers D. And my franchise left tackle isn't playing. After this post, I am going to shut down and know that I gained a few yards today. And it's okay.
From Turning Pro:
"In football terms, we shut that part of the playbook that contains the deep "go" routes and the 55-yard bombs. We turn instead to that section that has the short slants and the three-yard dinks into the flat. Two key tenets for days when Resistance is really strong:
1. Take what you can get and stay patient. The defense may crack late in the game.
2. Play for tomorrow. Our role on tough-nut days is to maintain our composure and keep chipping away. We're pros. We're not amateurs. We have patience. We can handle adversity. Tomorrow the defense will give us more, and tomorrow we'll take it. There's a third tenet that underlies the first two:
3. We're in this for the long haul. Our work is a practice. One bad day is nothing to us. Ten bad days are nothing. In the scheme of our lifelong practice, twenty-four hours when we can't gain yardage is only a speed bump. We'll forget it by breakfast tomorrow and be back again, ready to hurl our bodies into the fray."
Pressfield, Steven (2012-05-30). Turning Pro (p. 120-121). Black Irish Books. Kindle Edition.