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Doing what you love – it’s easy

30 November 2013 No Comment

I know lots of people who struggle to fit everything into their busy lives. We all have responsibilities, work, family and social. In fact fitting things in becomes another source of stress. If finding time to fit in what you love doing is causing stress, it might be time to step back and sort out what your priorities are.

If we set the alarm really early to go on holidays, it’s no trouble to get up. If we set it at the same time to get up early and catch up on some work we have to do for a deadline it’s a real drag to get out of bed. The only difference is the reason we’re getting up. I find if I’m meeting someone for a training session, it’s much easier to get out of bed in the dark. Especially if I enjoy the other person’s company.

To make progress in this sport of ours we must be consistent with our training. That’s week in week out, month after month, year after year. If you don’t enjoy training, you really need to find another sport. This sport if 95% training and 5% racing.

Changing the way we look at certain workouts, learning to love them can make the job of getting there and starting so much easier. I personally love my training sessions. I love the early mornings, I love the social interaction with the guys and girls at training. We have a good humour in every session, no matter how hard the session is.

My own strategy in life is, do what I love first. Do what I like next. Then do what I have to do third. I still get everything done, but I start each day with a reward. I pay myself first. I’ve found that starting each day with what I love to do, sets up my whole day to be more productive. It sets the mood for the day.

My own days always start with my nutritional routine. I start the day with the juice of a lemon squeezed into a little bit of water. This starts mt digestive system going. It sort of “wakes up my stomach”. Then I prepare my pre workout drink, it’s the same drink I have even if I’m not training. I take my vitamin supplements, and oil supplements with this drink. This routine is important to me, it’s the first step in rewarding myself. Some people pamper themselves with chocolates, cookies, pastries, I pamper myself with good nutrition. I value my health and choose to look after myself.

I suggest people who have the freedom to organise their own schedule, should try the “love” first, “like” second, “have to” third, approach. Learn to love your training and you’ll make more progress. The people I have met in this sport are over achievers, they always get “what they have to do” done. But in some cases they put these important things in front of their own happiness.

If you deny yourself the opportunity to be happy, before you know it, your productivity starts to drop off and sadness gradually replaces happiness.  Start each day with what you love. Love yourself first, then you’ll be in a better frame of mind to give more of yourself to others.



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