This blog briefly reflects upon my adventures in both running and life, and what I've learned along the way.The purpose of documenting these adventures is partially a meditation tool for myself, but also to help you and others learn with (or from) me. Our journeys may be separate, but we can all push eachother to reach our peak potential.
It’s amazing what you
can learn about yourself when you leave yourself open to new ideas- and then
leave yourself the time to think.
For example, I am a commitment-phobe.
I never knew that until the other day. (I want to thank my boyfriend ahead of
time for not commenting here). I realized that even though I’ve read several
self-help/inspirational/happiness books and articles in the past few years,
looking for tools and techniques I could use in my own life, I never actually
committed myself to the task.Instead, I
was always looking for some secret, some magic trick, despite knowing there was
never going to be one.This left me a “mediocre-happy”
at best.In other words, there was quite
a bit of room to grow.
I figured it was one of
two things: either the people I read about had been blessed with better lives,
better happiness genes, or better whatever…or, I was simply missing the point.
When I gave myself time
to think about it, I realized it was the latter.I knew the journey had to start with me, and
I was failing to take that first step.Yes, I had read the books, articles, and tried a few programs.But, as personal trainers would say, I was
still in the preparation phase (doing some, but not enough).I had never actually committed to change.
And, when giving myself
the time and space to think, I realized that “commitment” meant so much more
than I had previously thought.It meant
full body, mind, and spirit immersion.If I was going to live happy, to live purposely, to live my best life
possible, I was going to have to live every moment of my life with that
intent.That is what commitment really
Some of you may be
thinking “Rachel, how can you not commit to a better life!?” I know, it sounds
crazy that I would prevent myself from living fully. However, I don’t think I
am the only one.Part of it may have to
do with some type of chemical problem in my brain, but that’s not what I want
to talk about here.I think there are
several reasons why people don’t commit to their resolutions.I believe mine was a combination of
Here are my 3 reason s
why I believe people don’t commit to their goals, change, or life:
1)People don’t really want to change*.
2)They are afraid to close a door (lose
one opportunity over another**).
3)They don’t actually believe change is
*Both not being ready to
change and not know how to change falls in this category, because if you really
want to change, you are going to figure out how.
**In the end, this lead to all doors closing. Sometimes, you just have to go for it and remember you are never "stuck" anywhere.
I could list examples
here (like resolving to spend 20 minutes a day 3x a week working on tricks with
my dog, which lasted a week, because, in truth, I really don’t care how many
tricks my dog knows.I just want her to
be happy, healthy…and a good running partner) but I know you could probably
think of several of your own.
Back to my main point:
If I want to live my fullest and best life possible, to really live my
adventure, I need to commit.And now, I
My focus is really going
to be on keeping my thoughts positive, and a mix of a few things, like
meditation, Yoga, and keeping up with Sandi’s blog as well as Gabrielle Bernstein’s
videos.I’m also planning to re-vamp and
practice my own “Steps to Adventure” before posting them to my blog. If you’re looking for some ideas to help you
come up with a plan to live your best life possible, I’ve listed several of my
Bernstein, aka “The -ing Girl”: Author, Motivational Speaker, Life Coach http://gabbyb.tv/Her book “Add More –ing to Your Life features
some great 30 day plans/meditations -This girl rocks!