Saturday, January 13, 2018

Time to Recalibrate

In a world of constant speed, recalibration periods are almost critical to keep yourself on track towards your goals.  Sometimes they are planned time periods – say, a week away at a cabin.  Sometimes they are unplanned – getting a cold and having to spend a lot of time in bed.  The latter, is where I am at the moment. 

I found myself reflecting about how I have lost momentum on some of my goals.  I started thinking about various elements, realizing it’s been a while since I’ve had focus on them.  With January typically being a time that everyone starts their resolutions….I am starting by recalibrating my thoughts. 

What kind of things do I need to build into my routine?  It doesn’t have to be counting calories and hitting the gym every day (yet, haha).  But perhaps it should be cutting certain foods out.  Eating at home versus going out.  Or simply starting to build a daily routine again, in general.

Are the people I am hanging around with supporting or distracting me from my goals?  This is a tough one. Especially in the dead of winter, when there aren’t a lot of options to be social that don’t involve ingesting food and drink. But putting thought into who I have on the support side, tends to remind me there are other options…especially on days when all I want to be is distracted.

How can I remind myself of the positive, when I feel like I’m in a hole of negativity?  Things may not be going right at the moment, but there’s positivity I can pull from the past...What are some of the successes I can use again....What have I learned from the times I have fallen down....What should I pick up and start doing again.

These are just surface level thoughts at the moment.  Deep dives into the depths will come with time, and shared in this form as much as possible.  But what I’m realizing is how important it is to build in short bursts of recalibration.  Twenty minutes in the morning listening to music to start the day.  Ten minutes here and there writing a few thoughts down.  An hour having coffee with someone you just like to be around. Or simply, 5 minutes of breathing or meditation.  All or any should help recalibrate the pace of life, and steer me back into the direction of my goals.

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