A couple of weeks ago I lost my job. It was only a part-time position, something I started while I was studying, and only planned on staying at until I found full-time work now that I have finished university. However losing a job that is still hard to swallow and can have a psychological, let alone a financial, impact on your life.
Ultra runners are a specific breed of athlete. Ultramarathons are endurance races that start at about 80km and go up from there. Most of us think a marathon is a pretty long endurance event, but not ultrarunners.
Once you up the scale on anything you’re going to push your limits further, and achieve things that others wouldn’t dream of. It is like you reset your definition of what is normal and your new normal becomes someone else’s impossible fantasy.
What it is …
I’ve just been looking back over this blog, lamenting how I’ve neglected it over the last few months, and I’ve noticed a couple of recurring themes that I wasn’t necessarily conscious of. Namely goals and failure.
Now the first of these two wasn’t really a surprise to me, but it strikes me that the last couple of years for me have been all about setting goals and failing. At first this might sound depressing, like a whinge post looking for some sympathy comments – it really isn’t, and I’ll explain why.
A bit of a personal update on things I am working on at the moment. From meditation, to running and travel. With a little bit of a preview of an upcoming mini-ebook I’m thinking about. I’m getting a little more back on the road to being fearless again.
Forming positive habits is one of the most productive habits out there. Meditation is also one of the simplest ways to improve your state of mind and happiness. Over the next ninety days I have committed to meditate everyday, to reduce my stress levels and improve my focus. It’s a challenge that should be doable, but hopefully one that will result in a great number of positive effects across all regions of my life.
So you might have noticed that a couple of weeks ago I fell off the regular posting wagon. I’d been doing pretty well for a while, consistently adding a new blog post every Monday. Since then I’ve been reflect on persistence, hard work and failure. In this post I have a look at how these different things over lap, and where I’ve struggled with them.