So, this afternoon I decided to get out and go for a run. I love to run but over the past few weeks, athleticism has taken a back seat and suffice it to say, my performance was less than stellar, far less! Now minutes into my inspiration, I nearly changed my mind and went back inside and if you know me, then you know that this is not in my nature in any way, but today, it was; perhaps it’s the emotional weight of this COVID craziness?!
As it is, the LORD blessed me with a young colt who in every way keeps me on the straight and narrow of patience and persistence. When we’re training in Dressage, and he’s convinced himself that he can’t do what is being asked of him (by way of a tantrum), I take it back down to the place where he was feeling good and able, and then, I make small steps towards the next goal. Today, I used this theory on myself:
As I began the run, my mind started to think about the distance, and the challenging hills that were ahead, and this led to that annoying voice in my head telling me to turn around because it was too far and too hard.
Here’s where my horse’s training comes into play.
As I was moving along, seriously contemplating turning around, I thought about my horse and how I deal with him when he’s less than enchanted by what we’re doing. For me, this meant to give myself permission to walk when needed in order to gather my breath, and then continue with the run. Duh! I know!! It may seem obvious to you, but, walking is not in my nature no matter how tired I get..And herein is the point to this post:
If I held on to my, “ALL OR NOTHING” mentality, I would have achieved NOTHING! If I wanted to accomplish my task (run), I would have to give myself permission to be less than what I consider, ‘stellar’. Lowering my personal standards of expectation is not failure; failure (in this instance) would have been quitting or not starting at all.
Now, I’m back inside, feeling extremely accomplished and ready to encourage you to do the same with any task or goal that you have set for yourself.
If you are facing something that is seemingly too challenging to deal with, break it into little pieces until the giant is so small that you swallow it whole. Let go of the, “All or Nothing” mentality because nothing is what you may end up with.
HERE’S THE NUGGET: A little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing ©..Selah!
Love, Destiny ♥
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P.S. This is the aforementioned creature that changed my life in every way!