I only know for me, yet it is my sense and belief that I am not alone in this.
That is to say I believe everyone goes through this.
I am, again, and each time I do, wondering “am I lone” or “is this the same for everyone”.
OK, maybe not for everyone. I think it is common.
What do I mean?
Embarking again on get fitter/get healthier regime.
Re-focusing on projects.
Re-dedicating myself to some form of growth, learning or personal development.
When I do, when I re-do, there is so overmuch resolve, such clarify, sense of purpose – that I wonder why can I not sustain that resolve, that strength, that commitment?
So many times before, that drive fizzles, peters-out, simply falls by some wayside.
It isn’t about lazy or forgetful, is it?
It isn’t about commitment or lack of it?
It isn’t about logic at all.
It is mindset.
I’ve written about mindset often lately – I’m getting it, I think. I’m doing it, I think. But mindset isn’t about what I consciously think, is it? It is what my non-conscious is doing 24/7. If my non-conscious isn’t on board, my conscious efforts – however serious and well crafted – are fighting a silent invisible battle with that brain resistance. I need to convince my non-conscious that I’m thinner, fitter, healthier. That I’m a published novelist. That I’m a better golfer.
That I’m a better, faster, finer at ______.
All things I am or can be. Capable. Worthy.
My own mind fights me.
Doesn’t fight fair.
Time to reset this mindset, again.
column written/ published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 5C/42F, light clouds mostly blown away, sunny, warm again/still (thank you Chinook), or is it spring? … those rabbits Gusta was eager to run after seem less white this morning, with touches of brown on their backs, so they seem to be turning in winter coats for summer ones
Insights gained - Thanks Mark, Enjoyed learning more about how you commit to practicing your craft. Your faithful reader and friend, JJ, Calgary, AB
Well said. Historical notes indicate that Lincoln’s brief musing was preceded by a long (and since – mostly forgotten) oration by Edward Everett. In a letter to Lincoln the following day, Everett averred, "I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes." Interestingly, Everett’s comment was exactly 140 characters; a tweet before its time. Keep on scratching, KK Calgary AB