Ok, so I did the weirdest thing last week. I ran. I’m not saying running is weird, it’s just that I did it. I ran a lot about 6 years ago, but I’ve maybe ran twice in the past two years. And at the risk of sounding like Forrest Gump, I just felt like running. I think I needed it. 2.2 miles of something different. I needed to clear my head. Does that make any sense?
I grabbed my running shoes out of the “donate” pile in my closet (in great condition, but I don’t wear them so they weren’t bringing me joy LOL) and headed out the door on a cold afternoon.
To be honest, I’ve been feeling kinda trapped for quite a while. Stuck in a wheel. And that’s just not a great feeling. But I figured out that feeling wasn’t exactly what I thought. It’s not really stuck as much as it is needing a shift in my life. A change. From the inside out.
Now you may be thinking, “All that from one two-mile run?” Ha! The running was a quick “change” from my routine and it helped me to see that I need to and can change some other things in my life. I’ve not realized it until recently, but I’ve gotten into some ways of thinking that just don’t serve me well. Some ways of thinking that have become bad habits I’m not even aware of anymore. Just like going for the [insert junk food item here] every single day when you get home. You stop noticing that you do it when it becomes a habit, good or bad.
I know I can break out of those habits, just like I broke out of my regular training routine that day. So if you need to break out of some negative thinking or a rut or just need to figure some stuff out, here are a few things I think might help.
GET AWAY FROM ALL THE NOISE AND SLOW THE HELL DOWN. Everyone is running around all bonkers. (You can quote me on that!) When is the last time you just sat and thought about your decisions and your feelings and your life and what really makes you happy or what is really bothering you? It’s hard to know what is happening inside our complicated minds with all the noise. Respect your thoughts and sit with them for a while so you can understand and accept them.
WRITE IT OUT. My business coach asked me to start journaling. I’m not 100% sure I would do this on my own. (Ok, that’s a lie. I’m 100% sure I would not.) I mean it seems like a good idea and like something I might like, but I’ve yet to do it regularly in my life. Even though I’ve gotten off to a slow start I’ve found that not only does writing it out help, but going back and looking at what I wrote on another day…with another perspective…whoa. It’s like reviewing a food journal after a week…it tells all. So just write it out, all of it.
FACE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT. Someone posted this in an online group recently and I really love it. We’ve all heard of “fake it ’til you make it” and I think that is necessary sometimes, but “face it ’til you make it” really resonates more with me. Understanding and facing things head on even though you aren’t quite ready and may be scared can help you make the mental changes you need to make in your life. Doing it anyway takes courage!
I’m finishing up a free 3-Day Online Course, “You Are Awesome!,” that I can’t wait to share with you! Each day will address a different topic: Nutrition & Lifestyle, Mindset & Confidence, and Self-Exploration, Purpose & Time Management. It’s a mini-version of our new Awesome On Purpose 90-Day True Health Intensive that will be starting later this month! Stay tuned!