It’s a beautiful morning out there today. The sky is clear, the sun is bright and casting a nice light all around.
Chances are, though, that sometimes you can’t see it.
When your head is full of lists and chatter. When you are running around like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland for fear of being late and when there’s a constant push and drive to achieve or get the next thing and the next and the next. You can quite literally forget to stop and smell the flowers.
When your life has got like that. It’s time to stop and reflect and what you have already achieved.
I had to do this recently.
I was invited into the University to have a chat with the two ladies who are judging the Venus Awards. We were invited individually, to have a conversation with them so they could find out more about us and what we do that might qualify us to move on to the final stage of the awards.
I had to stop my usual thought patterns of ‘what next?’, ‘what now?’, ‘how can I…?’
I sat down and looked back at what I’d done that may have got me to this place in my life where I was being considered for being an ‘Inspirational Woman’. It was a tough one. I don’t think anyone sets out to be deliberately inspirational. You do what you do because you want to or, to some extent have to, to keep the wheels of life moving on. But when I read what I’d done and achieved, how I’d helped people both in and outside of Fit Camp I felt a lot calmer and happier with all the stages up until then that were moving me forwards.
If you’re having anxiety attacks about not being good enough, or are stressed because you never seem quite able to get on top of everything or think that you are failing because you are comparing yourself to others, I’d ask you to stop and sit and write what you have done to date.
If you like what you see, pat yourself on the back. You’ve done a really great thing!
If you don’t like what you see, you have a choice. Do it another way that leaves you feeling more fulfilled and positive than anxious. This is easier said than done, but any way that’s different to how you are doing it now could be all it needs. Change your destination so the journey is different or dig deeper to find out why you are driven to work in this way, to find out where does it come from? Does it match how your parents worked or instilled in you how to work? When you recognise these patterns in yourself it can give you the means to effect a change.
If you’d like a book on the topic, the Louise Hay ‘Heal Your Life’, is a great place to start. It’s kind, practical and easy to make progress with.
I have a favour to ask too and it involves another award, this time a publicly judged one.
I have been nominated for the Fitness Instructor category of the Muddy Stilettos Berkshireannual awards. It’s a lovely honour and I am very grateful to those people who have nominated me.
The top 5 go through to a public judged final later this month and so I need to see if I can get to that stage. If you feel that I or FastTrack Fit Camp have helped you in some way, I’d be delighted for a vote from you please!
Here’s the link, all you need to do is click the image, vote in the Fitness Instructor category (and any others you fancy) and add your email address.
Thank you in advance — I really appreciate it.
Have a reflective weekend, take stock, smell the flowers and enjoy the sun.