Tuesday’s Inpiration

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I love this but know that if I did this all the time, there’d be a national Oreo shortage and I’d be unable to hold a job for all the reading I would do.  Doing what you love often has to be mingled in with things like sorting the recycling.  I often remind myself if work isn’t great that it does enable me to  have vacations in Alaska and a roof over my head.  Don’t care much for sorting recycling but I can be thankful that I live in a country where recycling is a priority.  I should be appreciative that I have first world problems like recycling and that I’m not worried about how I’ll feed myself.  Whenever you are doing something that you don’t love, try to think of a reason why you should be thankful that you get to do it.

Taxes = I make enough money that the government wants a part of it.

Scolding a teenager = I do this so that they will grow up to be responsible  and well-educated adults.

Folding Laundry = I like the outcome of clean and organized clothing.

Exercising = I’ll enjoy that guilt-free cake later.

You get the idea.  Something you dread often has a purpose in aiding something you love later.

 

Marathon Training Academy Podcast

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I sometimes like to run while listening to podcasts and one of my long time favorites has been Marathon Training Academy.  The husband and wife hosts, Trevor and Angie, are entertaining and informative.  I also like how Angie is the ideal (perfectionist) runner while Trevor is more the struggling guy.  It’s good to strive to be Angie and totally understand Trevor’s struggles.  They are extremely likable and the podcasts are well-organized.  I say this because I’ve often listened to podcasts where I swear the people just pulled up a mic and rambled on for an hour.  Although I like some anecdotal dialogue, I still need some organization and structure.

They are motivating and realistic.  Angie has branched out now to personal coaching which might be useful if you’re looking for some one on one attention.  Although I haven’t used her for that, I do believe in putting your money where your goals are.

What are your favorite podcasts?

I also love Michael Hyatt’s This is Your Life.

Boston Marathon

boston-300x300I watched parts of the Boston Marathon today via live streaming from my desk.  I thought Shalane might do it but I love her courage for going out so fast.  I could not sustain their pace for even one mile but it inspires me to watch and dream of one day qualifying for Boston.  I need to quality with a 3:45.  Yikes.  So I only need to shave off 45 minutes of my BEST marathon time.  Today makes me really want to be there and suffer up those hills.  I’m a Floridian so any hill is pure suffering to me.  I have to seek out a parking garage to do my hill work.  I’m turning the Big 4.0. this year and I really want to get my 40-year-old body to run another marathon.  It takes a big time commitment but I know I can do it with right motivation (mojo).  The secret is finding that motivation every day.  Finding it when I’m tired, over worked, too hot, too cold, too excuse-laden etc.  It’s there in those excuses I don’t listen to that I’ll find the 26.2 again.  Who knows, maybe in 2016 my Boston Race Day Report will be based on first hand experience.

Gotta Run.

 

Inspiration

If—

BY RUDYARD KIPLING

(‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies)

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Tulip Time

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So we’re off to Holland.  Holland, Michigan that it.  My mother-in-law recently said that she always wanted to see the tulip fields in Holland.  My husband was looking at airfares to see if we could make that possible when we stumbled upon Holland, Michigan and learned that they too have a tulip festival as well as a 5K and 10K.  The opportunity, and airfare prices were too good to pass up.

So the first weekend in May, we are going to pack the carry-on and head out.  The whole family intends to run the 5K.  I’ve been trying to get my speed up so hoping to use this 5K to see if my work is paying off.

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Might take a tour of the wooden shoe factory or who knows…..maybe we’ll join the dutch dancing competition.

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No likely though.  I think I’ll stick to running for now.

What’s the best festival you’ve ever been to?

Following Through

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Lately I’ve been feeling that there is an epidemic in lack of follow through.  My mom recently had some health issues that required me to make a lot of calls to healthcare professionals, case workers, doctors, etc.  I know that these are busy professionals but isn’t returning calls part of their job?  I even called one office that warned if you left a message after 3pm, your call would not be returned until the next day.  Great.  I left three messages nearly two weeks ago and still nothing.  This is so frustrating.  How can you run a business like this?  I think the truth of it all is that many businesses are run like this.

At work I’ve been battling co-workers to complete required paperwork or do mandatory trainings.  I’m feeling that these things aren’t accomplished until you’re standing over them or the big boss has to intervene.  I’m a definite rule-follower and hate to feel that I dropped the ball or that someone had to pursue me to accomplish something.  Why don’t more people hate it?

So how do you develop more follow through?  Here’s what I’ve come up with.

1.  For God’s sake, write it down!  It does not matter whether or not you keep a paper or electronic planner. Put it in writing.  It’s hard to follow through on something you can’t remember you were supposed to do.

2.  Prioritize.  Right before I go to bed I make out the next day’s to do list.   I do this on my scheduling template that I print and bind into a spiral notebook.  See my shop if you’re interested.  I prioritize what MUST done and put it first.  If it has to come later in the day, I break out the highlighter.

3.  Be the model for follow through.  I’m amazed at how contagious good habits are around co-workers.

4.  Do what you hate first.  I read a whole book called Eat That Frog! that’s sole message was to do what you don’t want to do first.  Dreading something just drains your day of energy.  Do it first.

I always try to remember it’s not what I say that matters but what I do.