I am normally a pretty decisive person. My wife and kids are the same way. Whatever the question, obstacle, or roadblock we encounter it usually only takes about 4.7 seconds for us to develop a plan of attack and hit it. And this applies to anything from picking a movie (usually the most difficult) to deciding to sell our house and move (which we are doing).
When Mason was in the hospital and was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, it only took Christine, Lara, Mason and I about 15 minutes to process it and deal with it. It is what it is. Figure out a new plan and keep moving forward. And Mason has never looked back. For proof of that, look at the results of his first college conference swim meet!
But having a plan has always been part of our approach. The plan may go to shit, but at least you are hopefully starting off in the right direction. It kind of reminds me of this quote:
If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.
When I tackled all of my long distance endurance events, I knew where I was going and had a plan. And even though I had set backs, problems, and failures I continued on until I was done.
Right now, I have a plan for Christine & I and the next stage of our life. I have a plan for helping Lara & Mason with the education and life changes coming up for them. I have a plan for making some changes at work to reduce some stress and to strengthen my department.
But I have no frickin’ idea of any plan to get my ass in gear and to start back with an exercise routine. And it is going on 2 years that I have been in limbo?!?!?!?! Sure, Christine and I did the Louisiana Marathon this February, but due to some injuries we were forced to walk the whole thing. Yes, we walked 26.2 miles…….fast!
So what’s the deal? Besides having a serious and long documented case of “been there/done that”, I just don’t know what I want to tackle. I know for health reasons I need to do something, but what? If you can’t tell, I am pretty frustrated with this.
So start throwing out ideas. What goal or challenge gets you going in the morning? What “thing” jumps your blood pressure a few beats while at the same time scaring the shit out of you? What are you afraid of doing but can’t stop thinking about accomplishing?