Just a few days ago I was talking with a friend. She is in training to become a Life Coach and you can read about her Here. She is an amazing person and friend. Anyway, I was doing this little test to help her out with something she was working on. little did I know at the time I volunteered how big an impact it would have.
As we were going through the exercise I got dialed in to my usual fitness related mindset. I answered the questions and wrote down things that came to mind. As we continued on talking through the results I had an epiphany. My epiphany was that I often have tunnel vision. I’m not really good about taking a few steps back from this fitness goal or that fitness goal to see what I really want long term in life. It’s been a week since my friend and I had the conversation. The exercise we did has come to my mind at least once everyday since, but in most cases its been two or three times per day.
It’s very clear in my mind that my health and my fitness is important as I go through the next season or chapter or whatever the buzz word for it is. But up to that phone call, I hadn’t really stopped to think “what do you really want?”. After pondering what I want, I realized there are some things I must get in order to be prepared for the next big phase. I told my friend what I really wanted to do and one of those things requires reading a specific book I bought. She challenged me not with reading the book, but with simply “get the book out and txt me when you do”. It was perfect prompting.
Then she had me set a deadline for reading chapter one. Before I realized it I was through with chapter five. I’ve taken some baby steps to get started and before long, I will be knocking out what I need to knock out.
Not only did doing those little things help me with that very personal project goal, they fired me up to start logging my food again, which I haven’t done in a while. Food logging is a healthy thing for me. When I’m not logging, I’m eye-balling and I have some big ole eye-balls. Sometimes you have to know what you want before you know what to do.
I feel at peace right now more than I have in quite sometime. Peace with the big picture, not just my fitness and nutrition goals. I’m sure that before too long, the personal project goal will just right smack dab into my fitness/nutrition goals and try a hostile takeover, but I’m going to be ready for it.
The lesson brings home the old adage “you can’t see the forest through the trees”.