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Reality Blog: Discovering the Power of Habits

Reality Blog: Discovering the Power of Habits

September 2, 2015 | By John Mullen | No Comments

Reality Blog: Discovering the Power of HabitsWell, I’m home from vacation.


Ready to jump right back into the swing of things.


Eager to get started on all those ideas I thought about over the past two weeks.


Ever feel like that after a vacation?

I just spent hours upon hours thinking about and envisioning all the things I wanted to do — with all that driving, there was often nothing to do but think. And there are definitely tasks I’m excited to get started on.

And yet I feel like … maybe tomorrow.

The odd thing is, I even recognize that I’m doing it. So what gives? Why is my motivation so sluggish when it should be revved up and primed to go?

I see two very different forces at work here.

The first is that I’m a little bit depressed. Not so much about the vacation being over — although that’s something many people do struggle with upon returning home. No, this funk is rooted a little deeper than that.

You see, two days after returning home, I dropped my son off at college.

He’s now one of those wide-eyed freshmen. And the first of my kids to leave the nest, so to speak. You know that feeling where you’re happy, excited, and proud … and at the same time like your heart’s being ripped out of your chest? That’s college move-in day for a parent.

So I’m feeling a little lost this week. It’s harder to stay focused and ignore the distractions. I know he’s going to have the time of his life there. And I know I’m going to adapt to these changes, too. But right now … it’s hard, you know?

Which brings me to the other “force” I mentioned earlier. Because there’s one thing that could have helped me through this bit of turmoil without so much lost productivity.

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