Don't compare to others. Only compare to yourself.
- Who were you yesterday?
- Who are you today?
- Who will you be tomorrow?
Don't compare to others. Only compare to yourself.
While I was doing my warmup on the AMT at the gym this morning, I started thinking about today's workout. It was my day for weights, but I didn't really feel like doing weights, so I thought, "Maybe I'll just do cardio today."
But yesterday was my cardio day, and a little voice in the back of my mind said, "You really should do your weights today." So I finished my 10-minute warmup and moved on to starting my weight routine. I still didn't feel like doing them, so while I started with the rotary torso machine, I thought, "Maybe I'll go a little easier on weights today."
Yep, you guessed it. That little voice came back again. This time it said, "Cut yourself short? I don't think so. It doesn't matter what you feel like doing. You're here for a workout. Just tough it out and do it." So I switched gears, adjusted my mindset, and just jumped into my regular routine with full effort. And you know what? Before long, I fell into my normal swing of things and accomplished my usual good workout. I felt great for pushing myself through this hurdle instead of going around it.
So, just a quick tip for the day:
Don't listen to how you feel about working out. Just go the distance and give it your full effort. You'll feel so much better afterwards if you don't cut yourself short.
Megan and I tackled "Practice Rock", a 35-foot climb. While it is Kootenai's lowest rated climb at a 5.4-5.6, it's definitely more challenging for beginners than the name implies.
Finding good holds you can reach while pulling and pushing yourself up a rock wall is quite challenging. It always looks easier from below than it actually is on the climb.
The higher Megan goes, the more spooked of heights she gets. Especially if she looks down. But she did great pushing herself to get to the top and coming back down.
With motivation and guidance from below, Jamie took on the challenge of conquering this 50-foot, 5.7-rated climb known as "Classic Crack".
We're working on learning and trying all sorts of things. On this climb, Jamie works her way up the crack of an inside corner. She was pretty excited to make it to the top.
A little chipmunk comes out near Practice Rock to see what all the commotion is about.
I definitely enjoyed my weekend morning out climbing in the mountains, challenging myself to do something I never thought I'd do. I really encourage you to find blocks of time you can use to do the things you want to do in life, too. Life is too short to let it pass you by while waiting to find time. Break your time into chunks and decide what you want to do with it. Yes, work and other responsibilities takes a large amount of time. But a day consists of morning, afternoon, and evening. And a weekend has double. Pick out one of those chunks of time as often as you can and do something you enjoy with it. :)
Okay, so we all get 24 hours in a day, right? And how many of us have complained at some point that we just don't have enough hours in the day? (Raising my hand.)
Here are 7 ways I have found to "find more time". There are more, but I'd say these are probably at the top of my list.
1. Eliminate the unessential or less important things from your life.
Look at everything you are currently doing with your time on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. Then decide which of those things you really must do, which things really matter to you, and which things you can let go so you can focus more time on the things that matter most.
2. Take time to rest, relax, and have some fun!
Sometimes we don't feel like we have enough time simply because we aren't taking time for rest and relaxation, and doing the things we want to do. This time is valuable, as it restores us and brings about much needed balance into our daily lives. If we try to jam our time with too many things, it will make our life feel hectic with an absence of calm, and we will be less productive overall.
3. Recognize how you use your time and alter it a bit.
Do you know how much time you really do have available right now? When we are mindful of how we spend our time, we often find we have more leisure time than we realize. How much time do you really spend on your phone, watching tv, playing computer games, browsing the web, etc? It can add up without you knowing where your time went. I'm not saying to get rid of it all. Having some simple down time is necessary at times to unwind. But you can probably cut back on some of it, thereby creating some of that extra time for those other things you'd really like to find time for. Whether you do so with intent or simply by default, you are making choices on how you spend your time. If you plan your leisure (non-work) time, you can spend part of that time working on your goals and dreams.
4. Get an earlier start to your day.
I find mornings can be such a productive time for getting stuff done. But my problem was always not having long enough mornings to accomplish as much as I'd like to while my energy is at its highest level. Mornings just flew by way too fast. So I decided to increase my morning time by starting my day earlier. I now regularly get up at 5am, which allows me to have a relaxed start to my day with Bible reading and prayer, and time to check my planner and think about the day ahead while I eat breakfast. Getting up extra early also gives me enough time to get in my workout at the gym before starting my workday. Maybe try starting your day a bit earlier to see if tapping into some extra morning time works well for you?
5. De-clutter and organize your home and office.
I am much more efficient in an organized and clutter-free environment. When my surroundings are peaceful, I am at ease, with more energy to tackle my day. Disorganized and cluttered surroundings drag me down, giving me less energy to tackle the things I need to do, which leads to more procrastination and wasted time trying to motivate myself. I know it's often easier said than done, but conquering your clutter really will help you have more time in your day.
6. Establish a daily routine.
When you do things out of habit on a daily basis, they have a way of always getting done without expending extra energy and time trying to figure out what you should be doing and trying to convince yourself to get started on it. You just do it. But remember to leave a little wiggle room for things that aren't the same everyday, and/or things that pop up unexpectedly.
7. Become a planner.
Yes, planning takes time. But it also gives time, because you already know ahead what you will be doing and when. And as a bonus, when you look at the big picture of your week instead of just your days as they happen, you can plan in the things you'd like to do. I've learned to use my planner every day of the week, and I love it. The key to planning is learning how to make your plans and be able to adapt them when circumstances change. (I write in my planner with a pencil.)
These are just some of my suggestions. Don't feel like you have to do all of them at once (or ever)... but if you find yourself oftentimes looking for more time, maybe give one or two a try and see what happens. It's all about finding what works for you. :)
If something is important to you, make sure you're fitting it into your life. Don't let it be one of those things that never happens because you're letting the busyness of life get in the way. Be sure to make time for it.
I especially love going on the big, exciting, mountain treks to explore places I've never been before... but I just can't work them into my schedule as often as I'd like.
So I make a point to work in plenty of smaller hikes in the bits of time here and there in between. It takes a bit of careful planning, but we can do so much more with our time when we make a concentrated effort to do so. Here are some photos from a little 4-5 mile hike we squeezed in recently up a trail we've been on too many times to count. :)
If you have an eye for enjoying nature, you will have no problem finding lots of fabulous discoveries while hiking mountain trails. But you gotta take just a few shots and keep moving, so you don't hold everyone up too long!
Little rock cairns were waiting to greet us at the creekside. For some reason, I enjoy discovering and photographing them. Apparently others enjoy building them. :)
I often struggled with the "too many dreams" issue until someone recommended the book that finally made sense of it all for me. It helped me to understand this part of me, so I could stop fighting it and work with it. I realized that having many dreams brings joy into my life, and I don't need to choose just one. If you also find yourself having many dreams in life and can't choose just one... then you seriously need to read this book!
THE RENAISSANCE SOUL, by Margaret Lobenstine
LIFE DESIGN for PEOPLE with TOO MANY PASSIONS to PICK JUST ONE
This book ended my struggle of trying to narrow things down to just one dream, and helped me understand that it's just not possible for me. It's a losing battle. Now I'm able to allow myself the freedom to have my varied dreams and goals and to recognize that I can thrive at all of them if I'm willing to do what it takes. I just have to be diligent in making time for each of them and organized enough to fit them all into my life. And have a bit more patience for seeing results at a little slower pace than I would if I only had one dream.
If you are a "renaissance soul" like me, may this book give you the freedom to pursue all of your dreams in life, too. (And for those of you out there that find it easy to have just one dream and really focus on it, reading this book might help you understand your friends and family that just aren't able to, so you can support them in their various endeavors instead of trying to change them into someone they will never be.)
We often get to enjoy seeing deer and other wildlife come through our place here in rural Montana. My husband recently captured some video of this whitetail doe with her two fawns and uploaded it to my new youtube channel. Thought I'd share it with you today... enjoy! :)
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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." --Mark Twain
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