Hola.. Happy Monday my peeps!
I’m heading out for another super fun Sweet Retreats shoot, this time in Saratoga Springs, New York; I can’t wait to learn more about the tourist hot spot and show you why it might be a great place for you and your family to vacation.
This weekend I had a chance to get out and enjoy nature during a rigorous, 8-mile hike through Ringwood State Park in New Jersey. A little backstory; over the last several weeks I have undertaken a pretty intense physical fitness program and this hike was a way to get some exercise in and have a little fun too.
There were so many parallels between that hike and some of the brand building things I have been doing with Good Enough Mother.
You see, the hike started nice and easy; my trainer and I walked about a mile and a half on paved road to get to the entrance of the trail. Barely breaking a sweat, I commented several times about the beauty of our surroundings.
Then it got hard.
We found the entrance to the trail and went off the well-worn path. The trail was narrow, rocky, there were points where the climb was steep and we could barely see in front of us. But we kept going.
About 3 miles in, I saw water through the trees.
Yes! We had made it to the end of the trail and were being rewarded with amazing views and a moment to catch our breath.
Catching my breath!
During the hike I had a chance to examine not just my surroundings but my behavior in them. When I could see where I was going and the path was paved, my strides were long and confident; during the narrow areas, rocky and overgrown with brush, I was more tentative. Needless to say, there were more slow, tentative steps than long, confident strides.
I learned three important lessons during that hike:
First, I had to keep going. Quitting simply wasn’t an option. If I had taken off my boots and given up, though easy and desirable, I would have only accomplished half of what I set out to do.
Secondly, the most interesting things I saw were when I got off the path where everyone else had been. I would have never spotted this little dude, just chillin’ in the middle of the trail if I had stayed on the paved road (I daresay he would not have fared well there either).
And thirdly and I think the most important lesson of all can be summed up this way:
Along that 8-plus miles I came to realize that my strides, the long, confident ones or the short tentative ones all worked together to propel me toward my goal. At times, I was moving faster than others but it was all forward movement.
Sometimes in our lives and careers, we expect that every opportunity is going to be one of quantum growth and that’s just not the case. Slowing down doesn’t mean you’re stopping; it just means you have to navigate a little differently.
And who knows? You might see things you otherwise would not have had you been barreling along the easy way!
What about you? Do you give yourself credit for forward movement, no matter how small or are you beating yourself up because the growth isn’t as much as you would like?