Through a series of fortunate events or perhaps divine intervention, I met a pretty wonderful coach-in-training. Like myself, she is working towards her credentialing and providing reciprocal coaching to others. I make note of this here to give credit where credit is due. In a few short minutes, she “walked” me through a series of questions that finally got me seeing exercise in a completely new light...
I really should go to the gym right now, but I’m going to catch up on that reality TV show that keeps making headlines. I just kept procrastinating so I never got around to that project. Cheating on my diet just this once won’t hurt… I’m really upset with that person, but I don’t want to create waves so I’ll just let it go.
Do any of these sound familiar? We all have our habits that get in the way of the best version of ourselves – preventing us from completing our goals, holding us back from the things that we have to do (not necessarily the ones we love to do), and protecting us from that little bit of suffering associated with change and growth.
I read an article today about 8 inspiring women and thought, “They are so brave.”
But being brave isn't all about the bold, life changing things people do (like leading countries and fighting tyranny) – though it’s very exciting to realize that we have the capacity to do those things inside of us all. But there are some very quiet, subtle things we do each and every day that take quite a bit of courage.
For the past month I've been wrestling with this one question. It seemed like no matter how I looked at it, which perspective I took, which angle I approached it at, I couldn't quite seem to get a handle on things. Soon, I felt like I was eye to eye with a hungry leopard. It was going to be him or me. Somehow I needed to get my arms around him, but I was terrified about the bite.
I was stuck.
Have you ever felt that way – when your wheels just come to a grinding halt and you try every tool you can think of, but you can’t seem to get dislodged?