The Power of Choice

Ihave the habit of getting so lost in my routines and structure, that I often forget why I set out into them in the first place.

It’s been a recurring pattern of mine where I will start something new-whether that is employment, a book, a television series or a workout-with terrific motivation, and within a given period of time, that motivation significantly gets lost in the process.

I’ve been running now for the last 6 years.  There have been many instances throughout those 6 years, where due to injury or lack of motivation, I have taken breaks from running.  Whereas the injuries are a little more obvious, the motivation or the lessening in my drive is something I have never really understood, nor taken the time to look into and explore.

I push myself through these moments of stagnancy not so much because I see the benefit of continuing; rather I get quite stubborn about maintaining a routine and so for the sake of that-routine-I continue on.

As one can imagine, pushing through instances where motivation is low to non-existent simply for the sake of maintaining a routine is not always the most inspiring way to go about things.  Still though, it is what I’ve always done and I’ve never really questioned it.

Until now.

Ian recently posted this video on his blog, and I really liked the concept that he discusses: making choices that support one’s health and growth.

I’m still learning how to be more present in my life not only in a more moment-to-moment way, but also in the choices and decisions that I make.

For most of my life, I’ve gone along with things either for the sake of someone else, convenience or as I mentioned earlier, routine and structure.  Rarely have I engaged in my life in a manner that has supported my growth.  My growth hasn’t even been on the back-burner.

I’ve begun to develop a more consistent running routine in the last several weeks, with the hope and intention of getting my running back to a place where I feel more confident and able when I do it.

Admittedly, this morning when I woke up I wasn’t necessarily feeling the required motivation for logging a 9k run.  I was debating pushing it to later in the day-which, in Olivia Code means it wouldn’t get done-or just getting on the treadmill and running for 30 minutes.

I was fortunate enough to stumble on Ian’s video as I was procrastinating, and I really liked the idea of making choices and taking decisions based on if and how they will best support me.  After absorbing it, I knew that continuing to work on increasing my mileage by completing my scheduled 9k this morning was something that would support my growth.

As I become more open to them, I really enjoy these moments when Life seems to give me the message I need in a particular moment.

Ian’s blog is a wealth of information, which he has conveniently broken down into bite-size and manageable sections, which makes absorbing the content he shares, a lot easier on the uninitiated, like myself.

Ian’s presence is sprinkled liberally throughout my blog, as I’m sure any semi-regular reader has picked up on.  All personal bias aside, he really has been a bit like a mentor to me and I could go on at great length about his expertise in his field and how incredibly supportive he is.  There is what I believe is going to be an incredibly profound and transformational program that he is launching in the next month.  I’m beyond grateful that I get to be a student of it as I think it is something that will continue to help me in my momentum of growth and health.

You can check out Ian’s book here, and continue to follow him for upcoming news on his trainings and programs.

With Love,

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