The Magic Happens Outside Your Comfort Zone

Picture this….. It’s 5.30am on a Sunday, you’ve woken up naturally to the sound of the dawn chorus, meditated and now you have your runners laced up, ready to set off for a run.

That was me this morning …. ‘Are you crazy!’ part of me was saying……’what happened to the Sunday lie in, like ‘normal people’ cos hey it’s not as if you’re training for anything….’

But here’s the thing, it gets crazy hot in Queensland if you exercise later in the day, and I love nothing more than finishing my exercise by 8am in the morning feeling energised with the whole day ahead of me still.

Are you the same?

My intention was only to run about 10km (5km out and back from home) as I felt I was still ‘building up’ the mileage back in my legs, after an extended break last year.

So I set off after I drank a glass of water.

On passing the 5km mark, I made the decision to carry on going as I was feeling OK and the ocean views along the coastal path were stunning.

However as the temperature rose I started to get thirsty with no water fountains in sight, I wished I had turned back earlier. But decided to push on to the next town as I reckoned I was only about 2km from it and could get a drink there.

Yep you guessed it, it was further than I thought and at this point I was close to 9km…. and still had to get back.

And here’s the thing I learnt from this run, as the magic happens when you step outside your comfort zone.

- Where there’s a will, there’s always a way

- I discovered where the water fountains are in the next town, to coordinate water breaks on my next run

- I discovered an awesome new cafe to come back to for brekkie next week. (the waiter gave me 2 glasses of water)

- I completed 19km before breakfast with only drinking 3 glasses of water (crazy – yep maybe, worth it – you betcha)

- You can ALWAYS run another 5km

- Spectacular scenery on my run, watching the sun rise over the ocean kept me going

- Break up the run back with walking breaks

- It’s amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it

So wherever you are in your life and your running, I encourage you today to step outside the ‘norm’ and your comfort zone, and watch the magic unfold in your life.

I’m sure you’ll be amazed at what you tackle and achieve today outside your comfort zone. Give it a go.

And remember

Wish It … Dream It … Do It!

Sue xo

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For Things To Change You Must Change

For things to change How often do you hear others complain about their life….. not happy with their job, relationship, financial situation, social life, friends etc etc.

You might have caught yourself doing this at some point in your life.

Here’s the thing though we all have choices in life, and as Jim Rohn says it so eloquently – for things to change you must change.

Now that might sound like a fine idea until your mind pipes up with a list of excuses ……

You don’t understand…. I can’t, I don’t have the money, I’m not smart enough, I’m not old enough, I have to stay in this job to pay the mortgage, I’ve never been a runner, I’m too fat, I have high blood pressure, I don’t have the time, It’s raining outside …….. Blah Blah Blah WHATEVER.

Really, how bad do you REALLY want it, this thing, your new life you’ve dreamed of, your intentions and goals.

If you don’t like your job – CHANGE IT

If you don’t like your financial situation – CHANGE IT

If you don’t like your social life – CHANGE IT

If you don’t like your house – CHANGE IT

You’re not a tree, you CAN move on.

Everyone has life events in our lifes – good, bad and ugly. That’s just how it is the golden tapestry of life. But are they really “good, bad and ugly”.

Our lives are mostly effected by the way we ‘think are lives are’ rather than actually how they are.

For example – 2 women could get divorced, one ends up bitter and twisted still holding onto the image of her husband cheating on her, builds up a hatred for all men believing that they are all cheating bastards and ends up alone, depressed for the rest of her life. The other woman saw her husbands infidelity as a blessing, as a sign that her marriage wasn’t working. She moved interstate, followed her passion as a musician, started a new life with a new supportive circle of friends and found a new love.

Everyone in every moment of the day has a choice, and it’s the decisions we make moment to moment that help us to create our future.

It’s always your choice.

If you think the same way, act the same way, you will get the same results that you’ve got in the past and which have lead you to where you are now. Is this where you want to stay?

OR if you think differently, act differently you will get a different result.

So the smarter question to ask yourself daily is ……

‘Who do I need to BECOME to be, do, have XYZ in my life?’ (Fill in the XYZ for your particular scenario.)

Then on a daily basis, work on BECOMING that person.

Start small, build momentum, celebrate your wins along the way and enjoy the journey of putting one foot in front of the other, growing more and more into your greatness.

And remember

Wish It … Dream It … Do It!

Sue xo

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What’s Going to Be Different This Year?

2016 Wish ItAs the clocks tick on, and another year has been and gone, there is always a lot of focus on New Year’s Resolutions.

Whether you love them, or hate them.

Achieve your goals each year, or drop off the wagon within a couple of months, maybe even weeks or days.

But I hear you cry ‘this year is my year, I’ve set myself up…..it’s got to get better.’

OK, then answer me this

What’s going to be different this year?

- How are you going to support yourself when ‘life gets in the way’?

- How committed are you?

- Are these goals that you set really yours, or someone elses?

What I mean by that is, if you have a look back over the last few years do you have a common theme each January – to give up alcohol, lose weight, buy a sports car, new home, earn certain amount of money, find your life partner ………. whatever, fill in the blanks for you.

And somehow January rolls by again, and the same goals are on your list in January.

Really, what happened.

I know I’ve caught myself in this boat many times, until I discovered the following to help me with the change and to stay on track.

1. Believe you can

If you only do one of these 7 steps, then this is the big one.

Our own self belief and our daily thoughts are critical to our success or failure.

Henry Ford said it so perfectly, ‘whether you think you can or you can’t you’re right’

So foster some positive belief and thoughts and be your own cheerleader.

2. Take baby steps

Break it down. What’s one thing you can do today towards your goal?

3. Keep it simple

Simplicity is definitely my word for 2016. In a nutshell – stop overthinking things, analysing everything, get out of your own way, and just do daily simple baby steps towards your goals.

4. Be consistent

When I look back on my past goals, comparing the ones that worked to the ones that didn’t, especially my running goals, it would be the consistent weekly runs, nutrition, adequate rest etc etc that kept me going in the direction of achieving my goals.

Even on days I didn’t feel like it, I did it anyway, because I had committed to myself.

5. Connect with others

Is there someone you can achieve the goal with or a physical/online community group that can support you towards your goal cheering you on from the sidelines.

6. Have fun

Life is supposed to be fun, so add some enjoyment into your life on a daily basis.

7. Celebrate every small success

Why hold off on celebrating until you achieve your ‘big goal’. Life is supposed to be fun, so break into a ‘happy dance’, have some fun whilst celebrating the small milestones along the way.

That way you’re letting yourself know that you’re doing a ‘good job’, you’re on track and you’re heading in the right direction.

 

So whatever you set in 2016 and intend to make happen, be kind to yourself, keep on going and believe in yourself.

And if you want more help on making this year the best ever – click here for a free resource

And remember

Wish It … Dream It … Do It

Sue xo

Stop Listening To Naysayers

An interesting scenario happened on this morning’s run. Let me set the scene, I had taken quite a bit of time off since my marathon….. months in fact, scattered with the odd small run here and there.

I’ve felt compelled recently to build up my running again, and know that as my fitness has dropped off, I’m at the build up stage again.

So today I had a distance in mind, and the route was a bit hilly. On one of the hills I was digging in, head down focussed on getting to the top.

As I passed a couple of people they said

‘That looks hard’ ….. No not at all, I replied.

‘That looks hot’ …… No not at all I replied.

Here’s the thing. Truth is it was at the end of my run and I was tired, if I listened to my little critic in my head I would have stopped, if I listened to the people and taken it on board, I would have stopped, however I was committed to my plan and finishing the run. I was so happy when I did.

On reflection it made me realise that sometimes when you’re excited about an idea, goal or dream and you share them with your family and friends, you’re sometimes not met by the same level of enthusiasm.

Instead they say….

- Well how’s that going to work

- You’re going to do what…. really

You start to feel squashed, where’s the love and support.

If your belief in your idea, goal and dream isn’t that strong it’s quite easy to be swayed by the ‘well meaning’ opinions of others.

One thing you have to remember is that when you grow and expand, sometimes it’s scary for the people around you. They love you, sure, and in the same breath they want what they feel is good for you, and that’s usually within their own comfort zone.

That’s ok, you just have to accept that they’re on a different journey to you and you might choose not to share so much of your future plans with them, maybe you need to find a new group of friends who ‘get you’ and can support you to achieve your goals.

If you feel compelled to be something, do something and have something then go for it, follow your heart and your intuition, stay strong and focussed and stop listening to the naysayers ….

AND YOU WILL GET THERE.

And remember

Wish It … Dream It …. Do It

Sue xo

When Was The Last Time You Celebrated…?

This is completely related to running or not at all, depending on your point of view!!

When was the last time you celebrated an achievement, small or large?

A lot of people tend to go through life with the ‘end in mind’ and not celebrating their small wins along the way. They think they will ‘celebrate’ when they ‘get there’. But when they do arrive at their original goal milestone, they have already set the next one, and they’re in full steam ahead.

If you recognise yourself here, or know someone who does this then take a moment and STOP, take a moment and celebrate your wins and life in general, whatever you’ve achieved large or small.

Case in point, last weekend a friend and I had a picnic to watch the the sunset. It was situated on a busy promenade at the beach. We had an amazing spread of food laid out on a tablecloth. The holiday makers that passed us by smiled and commented on the amazing trouble we had gone to and asked us what we were celebrated.

We commented ‘We’re celebrating LIFE……. because it’s Saturday …….’ People seemed bemused with our answer that it wasn’t because of a birthday, or special event.

Think back to when you were a child and you saw pleasure in the smallest of things, and were happy and celebrated your little wins and were happy with life in general as you were in awe with everyday.

Sometimes as adults we forget this, it’s time to remember again and to start finding the ‘joy in the ordinary’.

And remember

Wish It … Dream It … Do It!

Sue xo

 

 

If This Was Your Last Day ….

What would you choose to do with it?

Would you be happy with life, or would you be worried of all the things you didn’t do, a life full of regret.

The best thing about LIFE, is that we really are the leading actor in our own movie called ‘LIFE’ and we can change moment to moment how we think and feel.

As humans, our brains are the most developed on the planet, mainly due to our frontal lobe in our brains. It is this part of the brain, that enables us to ‘experience events before they have actually happened’

Dan Gilbert, author of ‘Stumbling on Happiness’ talks about the ‘psychological immune system’ in his TED talk, whereby rather than striving for the fit body, car, house, relationship, holiday, any other ‘external’ thing that we believe will make us happy.

We can ‘experience the event’ in our mind before it’s actually happened. That way we are choosing to be happy in the present moment rather than waiting for the external thing to arrive in our life.

Click on the link below to find out more. It’s time to change your mind.

Bring Yourself Back In Balance

Sometimes in the midst of craziness, and chaos around you, you still need to find a sense of calm and ‘zen being’ to carry on through your day.

So how do you keep the focus, the concentration, the forward motion thinking with the constant interruptions from family, kids, work colleagues, social media, starring out of the window at the sunny weather and any other ‘bright shiny objects’ that distract you and your energy away from what you’re doing.

So here’s the thing, when it come to focus and concentration, sometime I nail it and other times I’m a prime candidate for being easily distracted and going from one thing to another. By the end of the day, if I don’t ‘nip it in the bud’ I wonder how I wasted the day, and feel so damn tired and exhausted, as I’ve just drifted from one thing to another.

So if you find yourself distracted, here are my top 5 tips for staying on track and getting the job done.

1.    What’s Your Why

Tap into and remember the importance of why you want to do it. Is it something you really want? Or do you feel it’s a should for you, and maybe it’s really someone else’s goal/dream. Is it aligned with who you really are and what you value? It’s time to get clear.

2.    Keep The End In Mind

Once you’re clear on why you want to do it, close your eyes for a minute. Take a couple of deep breaths and imagine yourself already completing the task.

Where are you? What do you see around you? How do you feel? What are you and others saying to yourself now that you’ve completed it?

By having a clear vision of how we’ll feel after we’ve done the task, energetically we’re drawn to that end result

3.    Environment

Ensure that your environment around you is supportive to your ‘task’ at hand. E.g. if you need a ‘quiet’ space to work from, ensure that your office/home space is set up accordingly for this. If you have family, kids, noisy neighbours etc. negotiate blocks of quiet time throughout the day. It could be first thing in the morning, when everyone is still asleep.

4.    Time Limit

It’s amazing what we can get done in a set amount of time when we really have to. Think back to those school exam days when you just ‘had to’ create the piece of work. I use an online clock which I set for certain time periods. It then countdowns the time and then chimes at the end of your session.

http://www.ticktocktimer.com

5.    Just Start

Take the first step and do something. Once you take that step, it’s amazing how things just begin to flow as you gain momentum, thinking how you’ll feel when you’ve completed the task.

And remember have fun and enjoy the process.

Don’t Try So Hard To Fit In

FullSizeRender (2)WOW…… I saw this sign in an Op Shop window yesterday, and it really jumped out at me.

I don’t know about you, but if I had heard this message in my teens and 20′s and REALLY took it on board I think my life would have been a whole lot different now.

I probably wouldn’t have wasted years trying to ‘figure it out’, wondering why I felt that I didn’t fit in, what’s wrong with me, why am I so different to everyone else – why aren’t I blonde, blue eyed, 5′ 6″, popular at school, good at sport. Why can’t I find and stick to one job that I can excel in and climb the corporate ladder like everyone else……etc etc.

Well sista, if you feel the same way, it’s time to embrace that we were all born with unique individual gifts and blessings, and that we’re special in our own way.

And that it’s NEVER to late to discover those special talents that you have, and that only YOU can express them in the way that you do. So it’s time to own who you are, and BE YOU 100% in every moment of the day.

And if at 1st you’re so conditioned with society, peer pressure, the media, family, friends and work colleagues, that you don’t know or have forgotten WHO you are. Then start doing the things that you love, the things that give you joy, and let that expand into other areas of your life.

Start to be grateful of EVERYTHING in your life, even the parts that initially give you sadness and grief, because there truly is a silver lining in every cloud if we CHOOSE to look for it.

So today and everyday for the rest of your life BE YOU, be grateful for who you are, as you were born to stand out.

And remember

Wish It … Dream It … Do It!

Sue xo

 

How Much Time Off Do You Need

Okay so it’s been 2 weeks since I ran the Gold Coast Marathon, and I’ve been content since then just to rest, recover, refuel and for exercise – just walks and a bit of yoga. A very Yin existence shall we say.

Today was time though, this morning when I woke up after meditating and stretching, I felt the urge to run again. It felt really good.

People ask me how long shall I ‘have off’ after a big race. Really however long you need in order to allow your mind and body to fully rest and recover. You will know when the time is right. If you start back to early your body will react accordingly and you’ll probably be depleted of energy and might even risk injury.

So take your time, enjoy the break from your running and utilise this time to pursue other sports.

3 Ways To Train Like A Marathoner Even If You Never Do One

On my journey from only being able to run for a minute to running a marathon, I learnt that the biggest thing that got me there wasn’t the latest runners with extra cushioning, a new Garmin watch that would calculate everything you needed, the running program that would push me that one step closer to a new PB, it was MY MINDSET.

Think You Can

So here are my 3 tips to train like a marathoner even if you never do one.

Big Picture Vision

Create a vision for yourself. Have a goal that stretches you outside your comfort zone, whether it be a new distance that you’re aiming for, your 1st overseas race, or a new PB.

Then visualise that image daily, actually be in the scene of achieving it with all your senses.

- What do you see around you?

- What do you hear?

- What do you feel?

Visualisation and meditation are such powerful tools of actually creating our futures now.

Act As If

Once you have the vision and goal you’re going after, act as if you’ve already achieved it.

What I mean by that is…

- Who do you have to be to have already achieved that goal?

- What person do you need to become?

- What strengths and attributes does this person have?

For example, when I was training for my 1st half marathon, I knew the importance of ‘sprint training’ although it didn’t come naturally to me. So I would take myself off to the local athletic track once a week, and imagine that I was the greatest sprinter in the world, that I was an elite athlete showing up for their ‘sprint’ session at the track, training for my next big event. At first it felt REALLY unnatural and uncomfortable, but I stuck with it, and within weeks I enjoyed that part of my training and my speed improved as a result of showing up each week, doing the work and believing I could.

Nutrition, Rest and Recovery

This is 3 parts rolled into one. People often forget the importance of nutrition and rest in order to fully recover from their training, but really this is critical.

Learn to see food as the fuel your body needs to perform at it’s best. I use the analogy of filling up your car with dirty petrol and expecting it to get you from A to B. It wouldn’t be a smooth ride, as your car spluttered along in fits and starts, choking and stopping. Our bodies are the same, so we need to nurture them and feed them the optimum levels of nutrients to excel in life.

It’s also important to rest and achieve a good nights sleep so your body can repair itself and recover from your hard training.

As always running and training for a race, has so many similarities for other areas of our lives, so use these 3 tips when you’re embarking on a new adventure.

And remember

Wish It … Dream It … Do It!

Sue xo