What I Realized About My Daily Coffee.
My brain never stops, I feel like you all realize that by now after reading some of these posts. Randomly stuck in traffic on my way to get coffee the other day I was annoyed at the traffic and the other drivers. On my way to get coffee that I wasn’t really all that stoked about. This is what started my thought process, why am I going to get coffee?
I know from experience that when I kick the coffee completely I actually end up with WAYYYYYY more energy on a consistent basis and I don’t miss the taste one bit. I have always had a pretty high tolerance to caffeine so I don’t see the big uptick in energy that most do anyways. However after not having it for a couple weeks I have a couple nights where I coach mornings, or a quick turn around (coach the night before then again the next morning), or just rack up a couple nights where I don’t sleep well and all the sudden I have 1 coffee and I’m right back on the train. Why though? I just said I don’t miss the taste, I know I have more energy without it, so why?
I realized that its not the actual coffee, just like when you drink its not because you love the taste of vodka shots. It’s about what that time represents, the social aspect even. Maybe your coffee is what gets you out of your chair and out of the building at work for 20 minutes. Maybe it’s something that you and some friends do every day, maybe you just like delaying your ride to work another 5 minutes each day. Maybe you just always have had a coffee while you sit and read the paper in the morning and it just feels weird and less cathartic without it. This doesn’t just apply to coffee, maybe its ice cream in the summer, maybe its cigarettes for any of you that smoke or have smoked before.
You all know, for the most part, what types of things you struggle with daily that are not supporting your goals. I encourage you to not look at the food, action, whatever it is itself, look at your behavior when you have it. What are you doing, how do you feel at the time, who are you with, what sensation is that time creating for you? When in doubt take a step back and look at the entire picture, the first step to breaking a pattern is finding it in the first place.