It’s August, and that means back to school for us, as well as any of the teachers and parents we have listening. In previous years, this would mean printing out the supply list and heading to the store to track down folders and pencil cases. It would mean a return to early mornings and greater structure and routine to the day. This year, it means less control and greater uncertainty. While the kids will be learning reading, writing, and arithmetic, we are all discovering more about ourselves during this time of change.
In running, it means that races suddenly disappear from the calendar. What do we do and how do we stay motivated and focused when things are constantly changing and up in the air?
All plans are fluid and subject to change
The only thing to be certain of is that any plan will need adjustment
Do not be so rigid in your training, or any aspect of your life, that you overly neglect the others
Plans and goals are still important: Without a general guideline, you cannot create careful deviations from the plan
Goals should be rooted in your deep why
There are always many ways to reach the goal
We need to be a tree that can withstand a hurricane
Understand your values and make strong decisions based on those values
Do not cling so strongly to the plan that the whole plan comes down if any part is missing
Your goals and values need to be:
Do your best
Inaction is not allowed
“Best” requires some thought and reflection
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