Looking Up

Looking Up

I’ve been starting this new C25K thing that a trainer at my gym told me about. It’s a cool little app that helps you get your body from cookie eating on the couch into the kind of shape you need to do a real 5K. It’s been a struggle for me, but I’m slowly but surely moving forward with it. It’s a goal that I am very excited about.

So, as I was huffing and puffing on the path the other morning, I noticed something interesting about myself. It seems that the days where I have perhaps not gotten enough sleep or perhaps overindulged a tad the night before, I have a tendency to keep my face down and watch my feet and the actual path I am jogging (OK, mostly “walking” in my case, so far). I find that on the days I am well rested and really excited about doing the run and making it to the finish and how great I am going to feel once I can actually do, I have a tendency to look up and watch where I am headed to my actual goal and the view along the way.

It seems like that is the way it happens with business for me as well.

I notice when I am not happy with what I am doing or the direction it is taking, I have a tendency to look at the tasks and just try and put one foot in front of the other to get it done. On the other hand, when I am excited about a project, where it is headed, what we are achieving… something very different seems to happen. I’m looking ahead. I look to the goal – the “win” – and I find myself flying passed the hurdles in the way.

Same as I do with the C25k.

Because I am so thrilled with the prospect of the outcome and I can see that goal within my reach, I can whip through the tasks needed to get there. I enjoy them, and yes, even thrive on them.

Be motivated by the idea and promise of what you are achieving and your eyes are on the goal.

So the question is, what do we need to make sure our eyes are on the “win” How can we keep our heads up and looking at the where we are headed and not slogging along watching our feet? What do you do to keep motivated and moving forward?

I know for me, it’s about just taking a breath and looking up. Once I do and see the beauty of what is surrounding me and how my goal is not just possible but ahead of me, it is so much easier to move those feet forward and get there! It’s also a lot easier to steer clear of the trees along the way!

How to Get More Out of The Moment

How to Get More Out of The Moment

Always be present and never miss the moment.

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It’s funny how simple that is in theory, but it seems that especially in today’s digital age we are always distracted and our minds and thoughts somewhere else besides wherever we actually are.

I am a very true example of this. I am after all a very “digital” girl. I always say it. It’s a passion of mine – emerging technology. I am always needing to be connected, always afraid to miss something going on elsewhere, always looking for more and more information or entertainment – so much so that many times I do miss the moment. I miss the brilliance of the time I get to spend with those who matter most, my friends and loved ones, my work when it drives my passion. I miss the magical moments that life gives us like the sun shining down on my skin, the rain on my face during a shower, the way a candle flame dances with the shadows.

If we can remember just once in a while – just now and again – to put down the cellphone, stop playing games or reading our emails and texts, step away from the computer and just ‘be’ where we are in that moment. If we can really be there and really see where we are – even if it’s a difficult moment – an impossible moment like the loss of love, loved one, health or anything that causes pain – we can learn from it… we can grow from it. We can “become”.

But to “become” we have to first “be” there… and really see it.

Watch this wonderful (yes, it will take 30 precious minutes out of your day) video of Arianna Huffington at Wisdom 2.0 where she speaks to what really should drive our measurements of personal success.

After you watch, make sure you get a copy of two great inspirational books she wrote:
Thrive” (Her most recent) and “On Becoming Fearless…in Love, Work, and Life” (one of my very favorites)

A great quote by Iain Thomas that Arianna Huffington mentions in this video rings so true:
“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.” ― Iain Thomas