The dawg needs some surgery and that money I’d saved for a course is going that way. Sure, I’d paid the insurance and yet this isn’t covered. It’s unfortunate and I could bump my gums about it a lot. The pooch will be fine although I can’t do the course. Now what? Without that course I can’t move forward? Everything’s on hold? Where there’s an … Continue reading Take another look
Some situations don’t have a simple, tidy solution. If you want to resolve it, to improve things, to create the necessary change – to be a positive force – then, guess what? You have to work your way through. A step at a time. Doggedly. Kindly, keep going. Continue reading When there are no quick fixes
I’m getting a lot from reading The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris. Yesterday I read two variations on the same thing, each of which resonated so strongly. “We feel our thinking, not our circumstances.” It’s just thinking – it’s not necessarily how it is. “What we think, we feel.” So if you want to feel better, you can work on your thinking – easier than … Continue reading Thank you mind!
Things change and now you can’t do what you used to – at least not as easily. You can be frustrated about this to no effect, or you can look at your options. Change your life in a way that brings back what you want if it’s important enough. Accept that it’s gone if it’s truly not coming back. Either way, you have to get … Continue reading When you can’t do that anymore
A lot of success stories are built on nurturing relationships and good examples, but for some folks, these just don’t appear to be there. It’s easy to bemoan a perceived absence, to curse your luck and decry how unfair things are. It’s a short step from there to at least half-believing you never had a chance. Nonetheless, there will have been opportunities to look up … Continue reading About role models
I’m taking part in the Endure 24 challenge today, in Leeds. Over the course of 24 hours, solo entrants, pairs, and teams, compete to see how many laps of an 8km course they can do. I say compete, but it’s not a competition in the strictest sense, at least not for everyone. I’m here to gauge where my fitness is at relative to this time … Continue reading Endure 24
Improvement is invariably incremental. An apparent big bang, or overnight success, is built on smaller steps that might seem imperceptible at the time. If you’re not feeling that you’re getting there, remember that you’re putting in another of those steps towards success. Focus on that, one step at a time. Kindly, keep going. Continue reading Getting better at something
It’s a valid question to ask, but not one to linger on too long. “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” – Henry Van Dyke Jr Keep going. Continue reading What do I know?
When struggling to be motivated, things can seem a real challenge. If there’s opportunity, indulge your curiosity for a while. When you free of responsibility and can enjoy open-ended learning, however briefly, your spirits lift. The deadlock breaks. Motivation returns. You can keep going. Continue reading Following curiosity
Of course, Nike used an extra word and made it a better slogan, but the message is the same. Are there any tricks to getting out for the run when you’re not enthused? Well, some. My top tip is to make sure that the runs are a) almost always enjoyable, and/or b) tied in to a goal that you care deeply about. If all else … Continue reading Just go, and do it