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The Four Rules of Self Care

No more zero days

Rule numero uno:

There are no more zero days.

What’s a zero day? A zero day is when you don’t do a single thing towards whatever dream, goal, want, or whatever you have going on. No more zeros. I’m not saying you have to bust an essay out every day; that’s not the point.

The point is that you have to make yourself, promise yourself, that the new system you live in, is a non-zero system. Didn’t do anything all day and it’s 11:58 PM? Write one sentence. One push-up. Read one page of that chapter from that book. One. Because one is non-zero.

When you’re in the super vortex of being bummed, your pattern of behavior is keeping the vortex going, because that’s what you’re used to. Turning into a productive person makes you the ultimate master of the universe; that doesn’t happen from the vortex. It happens from a massive string of CONSISTENT NON-ZEROS.

You become what you think. This doesn’t mean if I think I’m a tree, I’ll be oakin’ it by December. What it means is that the way you think, the things you think of, and the ideas you hold in your mind defines the sum total that is you.

Do you procrastinate, have fear, and worry all the time? You are becoming a procrastinator.

Or, do you keep thinking about how much you want to run that 5k race in the Spring and finish a champion? Are you keeping it in your mind all the time? Is it something that is defining your actions and influencing your decisions? If it is, then you’re becoming the champion you’re dreaming about.

Dreaming about it makes it.

Think and it shall be.

But do not forget that action is thought’s son. Thoughts without actions are nothing.

Have conviction in whatever it is you’ve steeled your mind to. Have confidence and follow through with action.

That’s rule number one.

This is the first rule of four rules in a multi-blog post! Be sure to check in next week to see what the next step is!

This blog has been written by Christine Lee, an Employment Specialist with Community Partnerships of Idaho.