What if, instead of beating myself up for sucking at this, what if I practiced a little self-compassion and just met myself where I’m at now?
What if I said hey, everyone has to start somewhere and this is what I have to work with?
So I did. I settled into my slow pace and took care of my body and my mind.
I also took comfort in the fact that this is the beginning of a journey. A journey from slow to fast (or maybe slow to not-as-slow). A journey of getting back in running shape. A journey from having little endurance to having as much endurance as I train myself to have.
Feels a lot better to think that way. It’s so much kinder.
I am excited to run again. Because I am doing it without the pressure of a certain pace or time. I’m leaving my inner mean girl at home and I’m doing this on my own. No nasty voices and no put-downs. I’m doing it because I want to, with zero expectation, and that feels good.
Oftentimes, I have clients that need some help taking a step back to meet themselves where they are.
I have to teach them that embracing a “beginner’s mind” is one of the best things you can do for yourself from a mindset perspective. You don’t have to be perfect at something. You don’t have to be an expert at something right away. Once you have learned everything, there isn’t any more to the journey. Having a beginner’s mind is exciting. There is so much more journey to take.
The journey is where we learn. It’s where we have some beautiful experiences.
Along the journey, I’ll kindly tell my inner mean girl to have a seat and I’ll show a little self-compassion. I’ll enjoy my morning run by meeting myself where I’m at.
Those are the makings for a beautiful experience on a morning run.
I encourage you to do the same wherever you’re at. Kindly tell your inner mean girl to have a seat, show some self-compassion for yourself, and enjoy YOUR beautiful experience on today’s leg of your journey.
Are you ready for self-compassion and meeting yourself?
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