I had a little bit of a mental breakdown the other day. I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed with life in general and I’ve been reading time management books and thinking about what I can do to change my life.
I was walking around the house trying to figure out how to finish the sentence “I run because…” and the first thing that popped into my head was “I run because I feel like I have to.”
How’s that for an overwhelming review of the sport?
I’m not entirely sure how I got to the point where I felt like I HAD to run, but it led to a little airing out, if you will.
And as soon as I made my confession, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I had freed myself up to do other things. I had given myself permission to get back to the Wii that I love so much and the DVDs that make it so easy for me to work out when there’s a cranky 4 year old underfoot.
I never felt like I had the chance to do that because I was “running”.
Heck, I even started looking into boxing and kickboxing classes around town.
By finally taking the time to say what WASN’T working for me, I was able to sit down and start thinking about the stuff that WILL.
Look at me, motivating myself. Who woulda thunk?
So take a good look at what you’re doing. Are you doing it because someone said you should or because it’s the latest thing or because all the cool kids are doing it?
Or are you doing it because you love it and it makes you feel good? That’s where true self-motivation comes from.
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