Acknowledge the good things

El Capitan

With the turn of the New Year, you may have made some resolutions. It’s hard to avoid really. Without consciously doing it, I have resolved to –

  • be consistent with my training,
  • take my lunch to work
  • have a clear out at home
  • be proactive about getting things done

If you’re reading this, you are probably pretty lucky. Continue reading “Acknowledge the good things”

Learning to say no more. Simplify your life.

Say no

Do you struggle to say no?

Have you ever end up at the party you didn’t want to go to? Then you want to leave early but get talked into staying.

Someone calls you at work and asks you to do something. You already have too much work, but you end up saying yes anyway. Continue reading “Learning to say no more. Simplify your life.”

The Compound Effect – Consistency is the key

Consistency

When I’m thinking about what to write at the moment, the same 3 things come into my head – consistency, motivation and the compound effect.

You may not know what the compound effect is exactly, but you’ll be very aware of it generally.

  • Lots of small changes that add up to a big change.
  • Breaking a task down into lots of little steps and taking those smaller “easier” steps instead of one big jump.
  • Starting simple and adding difficulty
  • Small, incremental gains over a long period of time

Continue reading “The Compound Effect – Consistency is the key”

The Four Tendencies – Upholder, Questioner, Obliger or Rebel?

Four TendenciesI’ve just read The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin.

I’ve listened to her podcast before and she’s recently been on Rich Roll’s podcast to promote this book. Luckily my library had the book, and even though it has recently been published, I got it reserved and gave it a read.

The tagline of the book is –

The Indispensable Personality Profiles that reveals how to make your life better (and other people’s lives better, too) Continue reading “The Four Tendencies – Upholder, Questioner, Obliger or Rebel?”

Running from your discomfort – try reflecting on it

iphone notification discomfort

Do you ever have times when you should be “doing something”, but you find yourself scrolling through Facebook or Instagram?

The scrolling and the “likes” give you a dopamine hit. Dopamine controls the brain’s reward and pleasure centres. It also gets blamed for addiction. Continue reading “Running from your discomfort – try reflecting on it”

I need just one more thing! Take the right step.

London 10 Run Step

You think to yourself

I’m not really progressing with my running. What do I need? I need some new running shoes!

The shoes arrive. They look all funky and super and you can’t wait to try them out. After a few runs, the glow of the shoes wears off.

It’s getting cold and dark now. I need a fancy running jacket so there’s no excuse not to go out running. Continue reading “I need just one more thing! Take the right step.”

Travelling – healthy, comfortably and thoughtfully

Berlin Stadium Outside

I recently went for a weekend away in Berlin, carried on (a small 22 litres backpack) and took as little as possible. I still ended up not wearing my smart shirt (just in case of possible nice restaurant outing) or my long sleeved t-shirt (just in case of cold weather). The Kindle was not touched once.

Whilst travelling, I‘m always intrigued by how some seem to make it a real effort and jealous of how some have it sorted and stay so calm. Continue reading “Travelling – healthy, comfortably and thoughtfully”

Coming back stronger

GNR Stretch
Not really relevant to the post. Just funny! I’m stretching after the GNR, not clearing up!

In my post about the 2017 Ealing Half marathon, I explained a little about the challenges of running. Even though I had the physical side covered, the mental side got to me.

Whenever I have struggles, be it running, cycling or BMF (especially BMF) I think of the phrase –

“It doesn’t get easier, you just get faster”

The guy who was leading the Ealing Half (heading in the opposite direction) who started 30 seconds before me but finished 35 minutes ahead (he was at mile 9, and I was at mile 6)  looked like he was finding it challenging. If we flip places when I was at mile 9, the runners going the other way looked to be having their own battles, but also lots of fun.

Running can be humbling. Continue reading “Coming back stronger”

Playing to win, or playing not to lose?

Great North Run No

The other day I came across this quote –

“For the past three years, I have been playing not to lose. After yesterday, now I am playing to win”.

It can from another excellent post by Peter Bromka. It was a text from his Dad to him before the Chicago marathon.

His Dad had heart surgery three years ago, and the day before the marathon he had been taken back into hospital for further surgery. Continue reading “Playing to win, or playing not to lose?”

Living with Lions – Find your Motivation

Lions Team

Although running and cycling are my main pastimes, my favourite team sport is Rugby.

Currently down in New Zealand the British and Irish Lions are preparing for the First Test match on Saturday against the back to back World Champions.

To the uninitiated, every 4 years a squad of rugby players are selected from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to go on a 7-8 week tour to either Australia, South Africa or New Zealand. They play a number of matches against club and regional sides and culminates in 3 Tests against the hosts. Most rugby players see being picked to be in a Lions squad and playing a test match as the pinnacle of their career. Continue reading “Living with Lions – Find your Motivation”