One thing I’ve always struggled with is living in the moment. I beat myself up about the things I think I should have done and what I can do better in the future. This process prevents me from enjoying the current moment and is counterproductive to my day-to-day.
The same thought process used to keep me from getting to the gym. I would make a rigid plan and when I did not stick to it, I would beat myself up. Thankfully my perspective has changed over the years and last week I found an awesome way to keep my mindset in check by asking myself only one question.
Am I better than when I started today?
A few weeks ago in my favorite workout class, the instructor encouraged us to focus on the hour we were in. She said the goal was to finish class feeling better than when we started. This clicked with me and immediately changed my approach to how I treat myself.
Lately my goal has been to take things day by day. I’ve been focusing on “small wins” every day and slowly but surely things are improving. We all know perfectionism is unattainable, but making small progress every day is something we can all work towards. For me, that means getting back to the basics and remembering that one small change each day will add up over time.
My Small Win
Earlier this month, I took a few weeks off from the gym to let myself rest and it left me feeling mentally off. I was craving a workout and last Saturday morning I decided my favorite strength class was the perfect place to start.
I woke up excited and apprehensive to get back to class. It’s a tough one and I wasn’t sure my body could handle the weights I normally use, so I went in it deciding to do my best. I ended up having a great workout and felt great both mentally and physically.
This small action had a huge impact on my weekend and continued into the week. Focusing on one small win changed my mindset and reminded me that small changes can improve my day-to-day. Things such as packing my lunch, making progress on projects at work, drinking more water and focusing on sleep have a huge impact and are going to help me feel good overall.
A week later, I’m happy to say I’m back to my usual routine. I feel good and I might even say I’m starting to feel my balance again and it feels awesome.