Mel Collie |Are your actions in line with who you want to be?
I’ve recently started to train for a challenge, and its made me think about a few things…its made me wonder about actions, excuses and if you are actually stuck in a rut, what are you going to do about it? Expect others to help you out? Blame others for not helping you out? Blame the weather?
When I ran Bootcamp sessions, clients started out with great intentions, then the excuses started to come in…why?because life got in the way..the excuses started to come in.
So,when I started to train for the Three Peaks Challenge, it seemed like a good idea at the time. I was looking for something to challenge me, a fitness and health related challenge, to get me off my bum, away from the TV, out in the fresh air, and to earn money for a charity at the same time.
I researched a few charity websites and their organised challenges, a couple of them I might do next year, but when I chatted to my other half about them, he mentioned the challenge he had done 3 times, the Three Peaks. I knew nothing about this, and when he explained all about it , and that he would help train me, I decided I would go for it.
Week one looked like this:
Monday: 30 minute weights intensity training
Tuesday: 3 mile walk
Wednesday 5 mile walk
Thursday 6 miles
Friday Interval Training with weights
Saturday 6.8 miles
Sunday Day off, bouldering by the sea.
This week looks like this:
Monday 4 hour walk, 40 minute ice skating, 30 minute interval training.
Tuesday 5 mile walk
Wednesday – 4.5 mile walk
Thursday – Interval Training
Friday – 10 mile walk
Saturday – 10 mile walk
Sunday Day off.
I have got a plan for weeks 3 – 10, but I wont bore you with them, however…Tuesday morning, I found I was knackered after such a long day, the 4 hour walk was around the Eden project here in Cornwall, followed by the ice skating session, which Im rubbish at,, but its such a laugh, and thats important, we don’t laugh enough!
Anyway, Tuesday morning, I could’ve had a lie in, I could’ve made excuses, I could’ve told my self ” ah well, you can train tomorrow, its not important, you’ve done quite a bit already, do more next week”
Great excuses, for some, a bit like calling in sick when you cant be bothered. I recognised those excuses, they are just thoughts..
I got my walking boots on and took myself off for a long walk, a strenuous walk, as humans, we are capable of walking at about 3 miles per hour, I was aiming for 4, with a few steep up hill ascents along the way and some great scenary too, my mindset about half way into the walk was ” take a short cut here, go back early” , tempting, but I ignored it, and went on further, reminding myself of why I started this in the first place, the action I would have to do, everyday, to achieve it, and visualising the outcome.
Excuses are just thoughts.
Thoughts …what are they.. they are just thoughts, there to challenge you, to steer you off course, to help you, to keep you stuck, the trick is to embrace the thoughts, step back and see them for what they are, have no atachment to them, sounds tricky?
Try this :
When you have a thought, like I had the though ” you dont want to do a walk today, you are too tired”
I ask ” is that true?”
If the answer comes back as NO, then I get on with the walk, if the answer comes back as Yes, I challenge it, “Really? is it really true?”
Well, no it isn’t, I’m not exhausted, the human body is designed to move, a lot, all day, every day, we do more harm by doing less.
When Ive challenged my thought, I then ask myself ” who would I be without that thought?”
…and thats the crux of it all…I would be me, doing what I said I would be doing, training for a challenge for charity, I would be happier, content having achieved what I set out to achieve.
It takes work
It means showing up every day
But whats the alternative?
Staying the same…being happy with average. If thats where you are at and are happy with that, then thats ok.
If you arent, then its down to you to show up and do what you said you were going to do.Do the work. Be the change .
If it was easy, then everyone would be doing it. Truth is, they arent
However,when you are following your desire, your passion, questioning your thoughts, doing the work, you find your path, it becomes easy, because taking the alternative of pain, discomfort, frustration, becomes second best.
Arent you better than settling for that?
References: Byron Katie – the Work.