Welcome to another edition of leadersayswhat’s the Weekender, a peak of thought to start your weekend on the right track. Why just a peak? Because it’s the weekend!
Motivation is a head game. You can rely on self talk to get yourself enthused, and sometimes it will work, but it often takes more than repeating your mantra of “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggonit, people like me.” One way to remain focused and determined is a little trick called going out on a high note.
On the Fitzdog Radio podcast, Adam Corolla discussed his exercise (and success) philosophy of going out on a high note:
It’s good when you’re working out, skipping rope and you go, ‘before I finish, I’m going to do ten cross overs or whatever it is. And if I f—k up on the ninth one I have to start over again.’ It’s a little obsessive compulsive but it also forces you to complete this thing.
You know what else it does? All I do is skip rope and I’ll never go out on a f—k up. Meaning [if it gets] caught on my foot, instead of going, ‘Alright, it’s been 25 minutes,’ I’ll say, ‘No, no, I’ll do 20 more clean ones’ and then I’ll stop on my own accord.
To quote Corolla, today’s lesson is to never go out on a f—k up. Don’t let a track record of progress be sullied on the final lap. Finish strong. Not only is this good for your reputation, but it provides the mental edge you need to feel a sense of accomplishment and remain energized for your next achievement.