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Catch Yourself Doing Something Right

Before you set sail for the brand new week, have you made a mental note of what went well last week? Specifically, the good decisions you made that bear repeating. Doing so will propel you in the right direction, almost effortlessly.

Quick example: Last Wednesday, I had probably the world's most boring workout: 45 minutes of walking uphill, not because I wanted to, but because I had placed it on my to-do list (not the uphill part) and felt obligated to make it happen. I did. But the only fun thing about it was checking it off my list.

Fast forward to the next morning. I finally decided to lighten up on all my usual routines. Have you ever been so caught up in tracking your progress that you forget how to just live? (Sorry, sleep app.)

I made my way to the gym, and much to my surprise, had my best workout. What made the difference?

  • Surroundings: being around other people vs. working out in isolation. Thank you, Iron Orr Fitness.
  • Getting it done early in the day, as opposed to the dinner hour.
  • Finding a way to listen to music, hands-free. Say what you want about fanny packs, but it turns out they do a great job of holding your phone, without interfering with the workout.

By the time I finished, I was so inspired I could hardly contain myself. And that's the whole point: Looking back over the week just past, what gave you the greatest boost of energy? What could you accomplish this week that would lead you to all but shout from the rooftops?

Do it. Study your successes. Catch yourself doing something right, not just as a once-in-a-while-thing but as a habit to propel you for the rest of your life.

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Gina DeLapa is America's Ultimate Reminders® Coach, a sought-after speaker, and the proud creator of the Ultimate Reminders® book series. Her wise and witty reminders ("Beware the organization whose response to a burning building is to form a committee") will make you laugh, stir your soul, and inspire your best. If you're not already getting her free Monday-Morning Pep Talk, be sure to sign up now at