Monday, September 17, 2012

The Real Value of Experience

Everything I've done up until this point, has prepared me for what I'm about to do.

I'm paraphrasing a little bit, but I heard this on an interview I listened to yesterday. It really resonated with me. The interview was about business; and since I'm considering making a pretty significant shift in my business strategy here in the near future, I found the quote encouraging.

It's not just about business though ...

Pretty much applies to life in general. Everything we've done, every experience we've had, and especially every mistake we've made, has gotten us ready for whatever it is we're about to do next.

In a way, if you've lived a charmed life, and haven't had to deal with adversities or failures, you may actually be at a disadvantage when compared to the rest of us poor slobs. :-)

Fail forward.

Keep havin FuN!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Power of Negative Self Talk

For years now, anytime I talk about running, I tell people that I don't really like to run, and even if I did, I'm really slow.

As you can probably guess, both of those statements are 100% true.

They're also 100% dumb.

It's almost a self-fulfilling prophesy. Because I tell myself that I'm slow and I don't like to run, during those times when I have to run, invariably, I'm usually not very happy about it ... and it takes longer than I wish it did.

The sad part is, I know that running is good for me. And I also know plenty of people who do like to run. This really is a case of "maybe it's just me".

So I got to thinking ...

What if I could simply "trick" my brain into thinking that I DO Like running .. and that I CAN be faster ???

I do have some precedence for this. With some of my other workouts, particularly the Cross-fit that we sometimes do at morning PT, I've gone from something I used to hate, to something I very much look forward to. Not because anything about the workout changed ... but because my mindset about it did.

lol, this mindset change is going to be hard (for me) when it comes to running though.

I was just about to end this post with the thought: "I doubt I'll ever run a marathon or anything .."

More honestly, I'm not ready to commit to the idea that I may run a marathon one day. But I will find a way that I can get to the point where I look forward to a good run ... and where I'm going fast enough that people walking can't easily keep up. ;-)

Keep havin FuN!