Although I do think it's important to take time to look back every now and then, it can be a bit distracting, especially when you've back tracked a bit, or when you're side-lined due to injury. I can tend to get stuck on "well, I was doing well...but then THIS happened..."
|Remember when you moved to the "big calculator"?|
I could so clearly see how far they had come in such a short time and reminded myself that looking back, when you're not as far along as you have been, shouldn't be used as a tool to beat yourself up (GASP!). It should be a reminder there's no reason I can't get back there again and move beyond that spot.
Why is it we (okay, I'll own it an say "I")...why is it I have such a hard time realizing how far I've come? Even harder is imagining all I can do with hard work. But even more difficult...I have the hardest time focusing on, and more importantly, HONORING, where I'm at right now.
At the beginning of every Spin class I teach, I tell everyone to think about what they came to get out of that class ("think about...why you're here"). I remind them throughout the class to not think about what happened yesterday or what they have to do later on, but to stay focused on their individual goal for that moment in time....and to give it all they have to give. It's pretty selfish really, because I know it helps me to stay focused...I don't know if it really helps anyone else or not! :D
|And, remember when you lost the extra wheels?|
The thing I'm coming to realize is I don't have to give up my drive and my desire to do better in order to appreciate where I'm at right now. In fact, honoring this moment in time is part of the way I will be able to get better. I look at what I'm doing now. This day. This workout. This moment. If I'm giving all I have to give to make the training session what it needs to be, I can say, "YES!! That's great..." When I can stay focused on the task at hand I am able to give it all I have. If I'm distracted-thinking about anything else other than what I'm doing-I'm NOT giving all I have. It's as simple as that.
Time to go give all I have to my swim this morning. All I have today is not all I had a few months ago, and it's not much compared to all I hope to have next month....but I'll give it what I've got on this day.
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