It’s all too easy to fall into a hole. Sometimes, we don’t even realise that it’s happening until it’s too late and all that is ahead of us is a slow, hard climb out.
Part of the process seems to be to acknowledge where you are or where you’re heading before you get there. Everyone has moments where they realise that actually, everything isn’t ok, and part of the journey has been how to deal with this, avoid it and manage when your there.
Here’s what I’ve found helps, and although it is purely a personal thing, contains no magic bullets or new strategies, sometimes it helps to have someone repeat what you already know. So, for what its worth here they are:
- Learn not lie – this isn’t just to others but also to yourself. We know instinctively when things aren’t quite right and all to often we push on, making a small piece of grit in our metaphoric shoe into a giant jagged rock.
- Acknowledge it if its unavoidable – sometimes, situations, poor planning, bad luck and distractions take us places we really don’t want to be. Acknowledgement, in a matter of fact way is often the only way out.
- Just pause, look and absorb – This is probably the simplest way to deal with a low point. We miss so much when that low point hits. Tunnel vision kicks in, our brains focus on the wrong things and we lose that ability to be aware of our surroundings and actually appreciate where we are.
- Smile – Stopping and smilling for no reason at all is odd at the best of times, but combine it with a random laugh and its like rocket fuel! It’s almost like a reset switch that puts everything back on the right track.
- Be ready to fail – Now this is an interesting one for me. Samurai and martial artist are instructed to fight as though they are already dead, removing that fear of dying and allowing them to act without hesitation. those negative thoughts of failure are like tiny grains of sand in that same metaphorical shoe. They continue an imperceptible grind and then you notice a huge tear that wasn’t there before, all from the constant low level nagging. Acknowledge the failure and be ready to deal with it and then use it to make you mentally stronger and ready for a rematch
Like I said earlier, I don’t believe any of this is actually in any way new, groundbreaking or a magic bullet. It doesn’t even apply purely to running, but hopefully it acts as a memory jogger and that little kick for someone who needs it.
9 days to go…..