No matter which aspect of your life you choose look at, this quote is relevant.
“Make everything you do a practice”
Every time I get up on stage (something I never, ever thought I’d be able to do), I have a focus for my class. I have learnt something new to share, or have tried to improve my coaching. I ask my RPM participants throughout the class “How will you do better this round? Before we commence the class, ask yourself ‘What is your focus today? Will you be focusing on your technique, are you aiming to improve your speed, or are you trying to increase your resistance in this session?'”.
I have my PT clients choose a focus for the month or we are training towards a specific result. I have them do testing, assess their posture and take their body composition so we can set measurable goals together. If we aren’t getting the desired results we change something. Maybe it’s their training regime – perhaps they need 3 shorter PT sessions rather than 2 longer ones because they aren’t at the point where they can motivate themselves to train in their own time. Perhaps we need to set some nutrition goals, or find out what is limiting their progress.
If we can make everything we do a practice, there will be continual growth. Sure, we could simply plod along, get through our days doing no more than what is required of us. Work in a robot like manner with no awareness about what is going on around us. Or we can be conscious; about what we say , how we treat others, what we are eating, how we are feeling and where we are going.
How often do you drive home and think “I don’t remember if that traffic light was green!”. Or wash your hands and not even notice the water flowing over your hands because you are thinking about what you need to do next, and most likely what you need to do after that or TOMORROW! How much do we miss out on because we are glued to our mobile phone, or on facebook? What is going on in front of you?
At a turning point in my life I got a tattoo on my hip which says “Wherever you are, be there completely”. It’s meaning was two-fold. I have a short attention span and was conscious of the fact that when speaking to certain people (mainly those whose stories tend to drag on) my mind would wander elsewhere. Aside from being rude, it’s not the sort of friend or family member I want to be. Secondly, I wanted to be reminded of the importance of being present. Too many of us are guilty of holding on to the past, letting feelings of heartbreak, sadness, guilt and loss control our feelings today. We worry about tomorrow, and the future, creating anxiety about situations that may not even occur.
There is nothing wrong with setting goals for the future, but try not to let them overcome you. Try not to rely on that goal in order to be happy. Use the goal to drive you, create a healthier way of living, and get closer to your “best self” but don’t become obsessed with the end result. On your quest for the best version of yourself you will meet like minded people in sessions, online forums, public media and at events. You will learn new skills, form new habits, reach new limits and set new goals. If you are stuck in the future with tunnel vision allowing you only to see the end result (which may never come if it becomes an obsession) you will miss out on the journey itself.
Now, on entering each new week, ask yourself “where did I go wrong last week?” Set new goals (daily if need be) knowing what your weaknesses were – do you reach for takeout after a late night in the office? A chocolate bar during a study sesh? Find a weakness and show it who is BOSS! If you are likely to have a few late nights in the office, cook up meals on a Sunday and reheat during the week…or make your own sweet treats to snack on during study.
Last week I realised my diet was lacking fruit, so that is my goal for the week ahead. It’s not hard to chuck fruit in a smoothie, eat a chopped apple in the car on the way to work or snack on grapes in the afternoon for a sugar fix (I don’t know about you but I forget how good grapes are!!)
Dietary record for day 15:
Breakfast: Quick poached apple omelette (2 eggs whisked to make your omelette, chop and poach an apple, top omelette with 1/4 cup natural yoghurt mixed with cinnamon, poached apple, fold over and top with a teaspoon of honey and chopped almonds) – quite a high cal breaky
Snacks: bunch of grapes, banana, PB and honey smoothie
Lunch: flax crackers with ham and cheese x 3, miso kale chips
Dinner: Zucchini spaghetti with miso salmon and field mushrooms (AMAZING)
Dessert: Avocado choc mousse
Training: RPM Xtreme (60 min) 6.30pm