I had an epiphany in spin class last night. Don’t all the great philosophers?
I was on the bike, trying like mad to keep up with the directions from the instructor who was telling us what levels we should be on and how fast we should be peddling.
I’m looking at the display when it hit me. I’m in a dark room with a bunch of other people looking at their displays. I’m in the back row and nobody is on either side of me.
The only person who will know if I am giving the effort I am being asked to give is me.
There’s something liberating and terrifying knowing that you are in full control of certain things in your life.
My instructor walks around the room at different times to check on us and encourage us if we seem to be slowing down. In my case, I think she’s checking to make sure I don’t have a stroke.
There is the option to back off until she is looking but in the end, the only person that hurts is me.
That’s the thing about effort; you get in what you put out. The more you put in the greater and, sometimes, the quicker the reward.
I gave everything I had last night. I got to speeds that I told myself I could never get to (the stories we tell ourselves will probably show up in a post somewhere down the road). In the end, I felt amazing, in part because I knew I did my best.
You get what you put in, in everything you do. And your effort reflects your commitment to whatever it is you are taking care of. Is it your job? Your family? Your passion? Learning something new? Where are you putting your maximum effort? I hope, when considering where to concentrate your effort, you put yourself and your needs at the top of the list.
Nobody knows. It’s your secret. But you know. Pick one thing today and give it everything you’ve got. It doesn’t have to be a huge thing. But pick one. Let us know how it goes and if you need support and encouragement, reach out for it! We all need an instructor who balances challenge and support. If you need it, let this community be that for you.#HappyFix #SelfCare.