I was running with a friend today and as we were cranking out the last mile of a 15-mile run, we came to a traffic light and had to stop for about 10 seconds before we could continue running.
"Reset!" called out my friend.
She explained that any time she has to take a pause in running, she considers it a reset and adopts the mindset that with the first step taken after the reset, it's a new run.
This makes a lot of sense to me. It's amazing what a 10-second break can give you in a run. You get your lungs back, your legs quit shaking and it really is like starting over. I love that she takes it one step further and considers the continuation of the run a new run entirely.
I'm going to apply this idea of "reset" to life. Working on a big project and feeling stumped? I'll walk away not just to "take a break" but instead with the intention to "reset" when I return. Doing this means I'm not just sitting back down, sighing and picking up where I left off--instead it's a whole new ballgame.
Cheated on the diet? Reset. Walk away from the food and when you come back to the table, it's a fresh start.
Huffing and puffing through a workout? Ten-second reset. Now go tear into it like it's brand new.
Been running chores and doing errands all day? Close your eyes and breath for 10-15 seconds. Think thoughts of gratitude. Then open your eyes and start over.
Fighting with a friend/child/spouse? Reset. Gratitude. Approach the argument with a clean slate.
I haven't been blogging as much as I want lately so you know what? RESET.
Boom! Brand new day.