It is easy to lament where you are rather than where you want to be. Many times, your mind gets caught between a reflection period and a vision. Rarely, do we notice our present. Goals are good because they focus your attention on what you want. However, sometimes they can trap you into a train of thought of what you are not doing. Identifying obstacles allows you to free energy towards positivity and results. I’m trying to work on framing things in a positive thought pattern.
If someone is annoying me at work because they are constantly asking for guidance, rather than thinking “This person is clearly an idiot because they cannot grasp simple things”. I try to think “This person needs my help because my skills around problem solving will make this easier”. It isn’t always easy and I’m not any where near reducing the frustration around life. I do think it makes a difference. It makes you feel valued and important. There is nothing worse than feeling unappreciated or ignored. I constantly remind myself you control only yourself and your thoughts. You cannot control this person and their actions. If we took more time to focus on making small changes, perhaps we would stop taking so much for granted.
Every day I fight the urge to work out or not. Every time I start leaning towards no or I don’t feel like it. I remind myself that my health is a privilege and it’s not to be taken for granted. Just because I take my ability to run, doesn’t mean that I should. I read in Runner’s World this month “You will always regret the run you didn’t do, but you’ll never regret the runs you did do”. I found this surprising and true. Running lets me stop, pause and reflect on my world. It lets me daydream and figure out why I feel a way or not. It’s always incredible the things you discover within your world that you otherwise ignore. Crunching leaves, skies, scenery, animals, and other people that without the path you decided to take, otherwise ignored. Life goes by whether you want it to or not. Chose to make it better with your own actions and decisions.