Jaymon and I sit and drink coffee in the mornings and spend time on the computer intermittently cooking and interacting with the kids. He came across this article. I found it perfectly fit my morning of profundity since I was simultaneously reading this blog post.
My goals are a way of structuring and monitoring my self improvement and growth and I have become stagnant in the idea of destination. Take for instance wanting to run 50 miles at Mind the Ducks. Up until today I was consumed with the number of miles collected. Today my "maybe mindset" says how about focusing on the fact that I am going to ride a train half way across the country, by myself, stopping and exploring new cities, meeting old and new friends along the way, and running with them. With that perspective the number of miles pales in comparison. I will be running for longer hours than I ever have before. I love to run so thats not a thing to attain but an experience I look forward to and will share it with others that are also passionate about running. Hence the willingness instead of will.
Here is a blurb from the Will power vs Willingness article.
This idea of willingness is what I was going for when I made a goal to be aware of my polar thinking and be open to "maybe" instead of my usual "no" which seems safer. The understanding however had not been solidified and clear as it is now and now I can consciously be aware of it instead of just having a notion.
Over the years I have learned that "No" or "failure" is not as scary as success or the possibility of failure. A known failure is known and therefore not frightening. I want to change this about myself but the force of my will is only going to perpetuate this old habit.
I want to get in touch again with how lovely it is to run for the sake of doing it. The mileage goals motivate me to get out the door however once my body is moving the goals take the backseat and being present takes over which leads to happiness and contentment and a sense of satisfaction when the run comes to an end even if I didn't meet my goals for said run. Most often however the feeling of being exactly where I want to be at this place in time leads to being better than I thought possible.
A goal to focus on being present and mindful for part of every run will bring me greater satisfaction than running X amount of miles. One of the beauties of barefoot running is that I am more likely to be encouraged into the present moment though all of the sensory feedback I receive from my feet touching the ground.
I am thinking that 1500 miles is too much to shoot for happily. That number will still be sought after but 1200 seems like enough to do more than I did last year without taking away from other parts of my life that are equally important and besides I can't predict the future and anything can happen. Last year it was anemia that came out of seemingly nowhere. Now I am struggling with a bacterial infection in my stomach that is possibly leading to an ulcer and they very well may be connected. That is undoubtedly a reason to practice being mindful. I am obviously and knowingly not managing my stress. It became blatantly evident when I felt pain in my stomach when we found out that my father in law has colon cancer and was operated on the next day. He seems to be recovering and its still to early to know the prognosis but for me it was a wake up call that I need to actively be aware of my stress and make an effort to practice mindful breathing. The best time for me to meditate is through movement like yoga and running. If I don't practice being mindful I may find myself not being able to run at all if I don't manage my stress.
I was on the right track with my goals this year but with a willingness attitude I am now able to refine my goals instead of bailing on them altogether. This is an improvement in and of itself so Yay me!
Heres to being willing to grow and understand. Heres to happiness and contentment along the way.