“Have Courage and Be Kind.”
This message, uttered by Ella’s mother in the most recent Disney adaptation of Cinderella, was so powerful that my 12-year-old daughter asked me pensively afterwards, “Am I kind?”
(Cinder) Ella proves herself to be the consummate yogini as karma, both good and bad, plays out satisfyingly and justly. We could all stand to display a little more kindness, and, if you practice it enough…it comes back to you in spades. Courage, too, is something that we need everyday — it doesn’t have to be reserved for extraordinary circumstances.
Be Cinderella and maybe magic will happen, and forgiveness will come more easily too.
Filed under - Veganism
“Do not be braver than you are smart. Working out when you should be resting is not being tough; it’s being dumb.”
I see a lot of athletes — triathletes in particular — who think they’re “hardcore” when they overdo a workout, work out for multiple days in a row or race weekend after weekend. However, these athletes are only doing themselves harm — risking injury and diminishing their own potential.
It’s hard not to fall for the peer pressure of these athletes; to get caught in their trap of pushing and forcing until you’re broken. But, remember – it doesn’t make you brave or better or stronger, it only breaks you down.
Filed under - Fitness, Motivation
“If you think you can’t, you won’t. If you think you can, you will.”
Soon as you turn off your positivity and drive, it’s over. This is true for daily tasks and workouts. I know I’ve lived this first hand — in marathons, I’ve simply decided that I can’t reach my goal and guess what? I don’t. I switch off.
Then, there are days like yesterday – I had a 1:15 swim, 3 hour trainer ride, 20 minute brick run and lifting to complete. It was gorgeous out, but kids were home so this needed to be completed in the dungeon basement on the trainer and treadmill. Often on long trainer rides, I start to bargain with myself — that I can trim time off the workout, or bail on the run portion or the lifting portion…but not yesterday. I didn’t even allow myself to entertain the thought.
The result? The workout was doable and pleasant. Of course, sometimes that’s a factor of the day — I felt good — but much of it has to do with attitude.
Allow yourself to become overwhelmed and you will be overwhelmed. It’s not a matter of capability – it’s a matter of perception.
Filed under - Motivation