Way back on January 6, 2013, I shared 4 words that I hoped would shape and inspire my goal to run 13 races in 2013 and my goal to move my blog from hobby to profession. Most of all, these 4 words would help me work on being a better mom, a better wife, a better daughter and daughter-in-law, a better sister, and a better friend.
Compassion, Release, Dedication, and Discipline
Compassion – Because too often it’s easy not to ask “What else could it be?”
Release – Because the negative thoughts, the rehashing, they don’t need to take up real estate in my head. Because sometimes it’s better just to think “Whatever” when someone says something that could be a dig. Because we all need forgiveness in life.
Dedication – To do anything well takes dedication. Because practice makes us better and better and better. After all, I can only run those 13 races in 2013 if I get up run. Even if it’s raining. Even if it’s snowing. Even if I’m tired.
Discipline – A companion to dedication, and yet able to stand on its own. Discipline is Michael Jordan shooting over and over again to increase the number of shots that go in.
I wrote these words on an index card and posted them on the printer that sits next to my desk. I hoped the daily visual reminder would help me to work on these goals.
Did the 4 Words Work?
Yes and no. I still struggle with compassion though I think some friends would describe me as lenient. Releasing myself from getting pulled into stuff has helped my compassionate side a lot. There are certain situations and certain people who will always be a particular way. By being more comfortable with who I am, I can separate myself from getting upset and offended about stuff that used to bother me. I can also help others take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
Dealing with several running injuries this year has tested my discipline and dedication. I have to do the physical rehab at home to get back into shape for running. I’ve gone to bed countless times without doing my exercises and felt the consequences the next day. When my daytime schedule suddenly changed in October, I struggled with finding time to run and ended up injuring myself again.
I’ve learned that I have to show up for practice every day. Some days I work harder than others. As long as I do the minimum and follow the coaching of my physical therapist, I can continue to run.
Next Year: Keeping the 4 Words
Yes, I’m keeping these 4 words for next year and my goal of creating a healthier balance in my life. I’ll be talking about how to create a healthier balance during the month of January. I’d love to hear how you work on balance in your life.
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