What I learned on my way to 111 Miles – Part 2
Wow, A 65 Mile Box; Darn!
It’s the first week of 2012, and before you know it we’ll be saying where did 2012 go? In that vein, have you set goals personal and professional goals for yourself for this year? Great if you have. If you haven’t maybe you’re saying, “I’d sure like to ____________, but it feels so big I don’t know how to do it, how will it ever happen”. Maybe you are saying, “this is the year to…” “I’m going to do it”, but in the background is “the voice” is saying, “ been here before and it didn’t happen, why bother”. All of this points to my topic for today. Whatever you have currently created is the “size of your box”.
When I was training for the 111 mile El Tour de Tucson last year I discovered that my cycling “box” was about 65 miles big. Wow, you say, that’s pretty big. Yes, it is, but it’s insufficient for a 111 mile ride. My desire to take on something so far out of my experience sent my body and mind into a tailspin. I had all the physical and emotional symptoms my body could throw at me. I was very anxious, my body was tired and I didn’t want to ride. Every time I thought of any distance beyond what I had ridden in the past the symptoms got louder. After deciding that I couldn’t force myself to overcome the anxiety and pain, I finally reached out for help. I had resisted help, saying I “should” be able to overcome this myself, after all I am a coach, I help people with similar issues. This was resistance talking and it was a powerful learning moment. By getting help, I was able to go beyond my previous limit.
Dr Joe Dispenza, drjoedispenza.com gives the scientific evidence for what I have been saying for a long time. We can move only so far out of our ‘comfort zone’ before all kinds of resistance in the form of excuses, circumstances, or distractions, will show up. It’s the mind’s way of trying to keep you safe, one of its major functions. The good news is that the same mind that limits you can be changed to move you into a state that allows you to go beyond your current limits. Our brain, body and mind are wondrous, magnificent organisms, we just have to get them working for us.
In what way do you want to expand your box in 2012? If it’s a big stretch, don’t give in to the chatter in your mind that would limit you. Reach out and get help if you are stopped. I have two offers to support you reaching your goals in 2012 so a year from now you will have your arms raised in the air saying, “Yes, I did it”. First, you can go to my website and download my free e-workbook. It has step by step exercises for you. Second, Contact me for a free 30 minute lazer coaching session. Make 2012 your best year ever!