Share Today I had to reach clear back into my bag of tricks and pull out a technique that I haven't had to use in quite a while. It's called the "But it doesn't matter technique". If you are having a tough run you just add this phrase onto the end of each thought. I had seven miles of this phrase today. It went a little something like this.
Starting off at mile 1 and continuing to mile 7 my thoughts sounded like this in my head:
"Oh my gosh, I wonder if picking up each leg with your hands and setting it down then picking up your other leg is a running form I'm not familiar with, --but it doesn't matter"
"Wow, I am really tired, I need more sleep--but it doesn't matter"
"I can't believe the scale said I gained 3 lbs today!!?? Why do I even try?--but it doesn't matter"
"Scout pack meeting tonight and football practices at same time, how is that going to work?--but it doesn't matter"
"7 more days, 7 more days, can't breathe, can't breathe--but it doesn't matter"
"Travis (husband) been out of town and I NEED Travis --but it doesn't matter"
"Sharing time for November, primary callings, leadership meetings, division championship football game for son#1 at same time as Bowl football game for son #2 and soccer game for son #3, etc. etc.---but it doesn't matter"
So you see the whole purpose of the technique is whatever is on you mind or rather keeping you from running you say this little phrase and suddenly you don't have any excuses. It's raining, it's cold, it's hot, I'm tired, I'm hungry, I'm busy, ---but it doesn't matter.
What is more important "Attitude" or "Behavior"? Some will say attitude. If you have a bad attitude then how can you accomplish things? I say behavior is more important. You can't really see somebody's "attitude" but you can see their behavior. "Research shows that as a rule attitudes are justifiers of behavior rather than causes of it. That is most of the time we develop attitudes in order to explain our behavior to ourselves and/or others."*
Did I have a great attitude today for my 7 mile run? Umm, not really. What was my behavior? I ran 7 miles. My behavior taught me "I will get it done no matter what" thus shaping my attitude that I can perform even under not so great circumstances.
I leave you with this little gem,
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Albus DumbledoreHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Today I chose to run.
*Taken from David A. Whitsett, Forrest A. Dolgener and Tanjala Mabon Kole.