Information Overload. Complicated Doesn’t Always Equate to Better.
If y’all follow me on Facebook then you may already know I’m a sick little woman. While I was down and out on my couch yesterday I decided to watch a bunch of YouTube videos about personal training and the business aspect of it. Trying to learn a little something everyday, you know?
But, what I ended up feeling was overloaded with information I wasn’t even sure what to do with or even how to compartmentalize it in my brain! All the videos I found were about making more money, how to turn this and that into profit and yada yada. On one hand I realize to effectively run a business you do need some business skills and a level head about it. On the other hand I just thought to myself, suddenly I feel completely inadequate! This is not where my heart is. And after today’s less than impressive one mile on the track it kinda hit me…
I only ran one measly mile. In fact, it’s the only mile I’ve ran in five days. As mentioned above, I’ve been a very sick little puppy. Like lungs are comin’ up outta my chest kinda sick. I quickly decided that running still was not a smart idea <insert sad runner’s face here>.
To be quite short and to the point: a man plans his ways…but, oh, how our ways are not always the way it pans out. We must be flexible in our training just like we must be flexible in the real world. #lifehappens
I read back through my plan for this week and thought about crying again. Two weeks in and I’ve already missed two key workouts. At least it’s at the beginning of the training cycle and not during the race. Something distance runners ought to keep in mind (myself included) is that your fitness was not built in a week and nor will it suddenly vanish in a week. All the years I’ve spent running and working out are money my fitness bank. When I finally am able to hop back on the training wagon again I will feel sluggish and slow but the pick up won’t be so bad after a few strides.
Fitness for many is just like this. You don’t need to be an endurance athlete to understand that you didn’t get to where you are in life overnight. And neither will you gain or lose overnight. Everyday is another coin in the slot. So take heart when you have to take a step back here and there…keep plugging along.
And my second point is this: much too often we expect way too much from ourselves. I am the most guilty of this. It went something like this:
“Yay! I’m a personal trainer! I’m going to run all the races, train all the people, run all the bootcamps, host all the fun classes, create all the online content, train all the online clients, blog all the time, make free PDFs for all my readers, clean my house everyday, homemake every dinner, pack all the snacks and lunches, be a sexy vixen wife, be the perfect “stay-at-home” mom, plant all the gardens and grow my own food so our family can be GMO free all day everyday, and hang out with all my friends!!!!! Oh look, this workout and that bootcamp look way better than mine…maybe I should read.all.the.books.and.watch.all.the.youtube.videos.and.take.all.the.fitness.courses out there! Maybe I should write a book too? Maybe I should make fitness videos?? Maybe I should…”
—>Maybe I should get off social media?
It’s okay to laugh now.
You know what happens? OVERLOAD.
O-overwhelmed at all the to-do lists
V-veering off the original path for our lives
E-energy drained leading to a quick burn out
R-reaching for thin air in hopes of creating a miracle
L-lacking in all areas of life, or so that’s how we feel
O-oblivious to the life that surrounds our homes
A-apathetic after running in circles
D-dead. Our spirits feel dead.
As you can see the temptation to overload our brains with information can eventually lead to a dead spirit. Take a moment to hop of social media for a day or two (or dare I challenge you a week) and let go of all expectations hanging over your head. And the thing with social media is that it compels you to constantly be more or feel like you’re never enough.
It is so important to stay on the path set out for your life. And realize that it’s okay to not be everything. You are you. And you were bought at a price. Zone onto your gift and use it. Channel your energies into three key areas of your life that you feel you are skilled at and let the rest just hang or come at their own pace.
Being sick has a way of slowing you down and catching your attention to things like this…My gift is running, encouraging, inspiring and paving a beautifully fit path for women to follow. Will this result in hundreds of thousands of dollars annually? No. There’s only so many hours in a day which means I can only work with so many. And I’ve decided to still only work with a set number of women so that I can fully engage with them 100%. To give anything less than my best would be cheating. And I’m not a cheater. My goal as a trainer was never to make millions. But, rather to inspire the world one woman at a time…and that isn’t too complicated. It’s just one step in front of the other.
Do you go all introspective when you fall sick? How many tasks are on your life plate and could you possibly let one or two things go so you can focus more on a few things?
19 Jan 2017 / runpinkjess / 0
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