Create Thinking Time

I ran the Melbourne Half Marathon yesterday. I had over two hours of thinking time which I attempted to utilise effectively! It was tough concentrating at times, especially when soreness took my attention or people decades older than me passed me with limited grunting, however,  I found a few blocks of time that I was able to concentrate. 

The medal which reminds me of the achievement of my fitness performance goal.

The medal which reminds me of the achievement of my fitness performance goal.

Three thinking themes emerged:

Why do people do this run? What drives them to endure physical pain? Were they convinced by someone else or did they set the goal themselves? I planned earlier in the year to complete the Marathon which my running partner grabbed hold of and had us training for many months. We're both performance focused and it's our internal desire to challenge ourselves which see us entering in all these running events! 

The BIG question for you is - do you know what drives you to enable you to create goals to fulfill your drive?

The second of my thoughts was what will I do next? What will I achieve, physically, in 2016? So I mapped out a plan to achieve the goal for three other running friends to complete the 2016 Oxfam 100km trailwalker. Hours later, we had a meeting to get this action planning running! No wasting time and it was good excuse to crack open a bottle of bubbles to celebrate.

The 2nd BIG question for you is - what physical/health goals do you have? (And did you have one for this year?)

Finally, while I ran I was concentrating on the voices which controlled my thinking and feelings. It was amazing how my pace changed dependent on 'who' was talking! Penny the Planner was great at identifying the next landmark to focus on whereas Wanda the Whinger was the one reminding me that my right glutes were in pain. Wise Wilma reminded me that I should be thankful that I'm not doing the Marathon and not to complain as the pain wouldn't compare!

And the 3rd BIG question for you is - which voices control you? Who makes things happen and who prevents you from getting things done?

Whilst you may not have the interest or inclination to put your body through hell, I do hope you are inspired to create time to think: to set goals, plan and implement. It doesn't come naturally for some and many just don't find the time.

If you want to know how I do it, let's connect. I have a super formula. 

What's your excuse?

I attempted a run this morning - first in two weeks as I've had a cold. (Excuse #1)

The weather is mild; perfect for an early run, even my running clothes were at then end of my bed - but I just had to check my social media, emails etc. (Excuse #2)

So, I eventually got out at 6am, ran about a km and it started to rain! (Excuse #3) 

Thinking I'd keep close to home I then realised I had to get the household out earlier than usual - and home I went. (Excuse #4)

 

How many excuses do you have in a day? I hesitate to guess. Whether it's to avoid giving someone feedback to a colleague, making that call to sell your great idea to a stranger or even saying "No" to that coffee - we all make excuses to avoid the feeling of anxiety or loss and the affect on our ego!

 

Resilience, courage and discipline all come to mind when I consider the development of a character required to avoid these excuses. 

Be up front with yourself - build your list of tasks/goals/challenges and all the excuses to avoid tackling these. Then, remind yourself why you need to complete these tasks/goals/challenges, how you're going to achieve these and how you might reward yourself!

No excuses this week! 

DO YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO LEARN?

Do you have the Ability to Learn?

Our ability to learn a new approach, skill, procedure, sport – whatever – will depend on our mind's activity and our physical approach to do something about it.

Today I cracked the 10km run – I’ve been training (learning) for eight months and it finally occurred this morning at 7am (it took about 75 minutes – which meant an early start). It was easy (famous last words) but I have been working on it for months. Running in a group, pushing ourselves, encouraging each other, sharing tips & ideas has paid off.  

How often do we ‘try’ something and when it doesn’t work immediately, we are reluctant to try it again. Whether it’s making a pitch to the boss or board, retrenching employees or avoiding sugar in our diet – it takes physical practise.

If we involve others in our learning, we increase our accountability; having a resource willing to support the learning and increases our chances of making the change stick. However, we must be mindful that we all learn differently but don’t allow that to be an excuse!

To Make Reoccurring Challenges extinct then commit to asking for help to learn. My FEAR model is purely a piece of scribble – it takes people to bring it alive.