Last week, we had extreme weather with temperatures colder than we’ve had in nearly 20 years, with highs in the single digits and wind chills well below zero. I know that’s not bad for some parts of the country but for Middle Tennessee, that’s pretty cold. School was cancelled, people were warned to stay indoors or spend limited time outdoors, keep faucets dripping to prevent frozen pipes, and take other precautions.
Even though I normally run outside every day, I decided to play it safe and do other forms of exercise. I figured I’d stay in and do some weights and strength training with hand weights, squats, and yoga. I also bundled up once the sun came out and it warmed up a bit and walked a couple of miles. It sure didn’t seem like I was doing very much.
Next day, I got up feeling really sore. As the day went on, the soreness got worse. I found muscles I had forgotten I had!
And it occurred to me that I am seriously neglecting a huge part of my fitness and health by not doing strength training regularly (not to mention the fact that I wouldn’t have hurt so badly!). I need to add strength training and stretching to at least one workout a week to tone and strengthen more than just my legs by running every day.
Since one of my three focus words this year is BALANCE, I started thinking about other things I might be neglecting that are causing my life to be out of balance. What have I let creep in and while the important things seep out?
The first thing that came to mind was leadership learning. For a time, I always had at least one leadership book in some stage of being read, listened to podcasts about leadership, and read and commented on leadership blogs. In taking on some different responsibilities, I have let that aspect of my personal development slide. I have leadership books waiting to be read, so I need to brush the dust off and find some time to read them and learn.
Another important aspect of life besides personal development is relationships with friends and family. I realized that unless I see someone at work or church, I have not kept up with friends as I should. I haven’t been the one to reach out in most cases, but just responded when someone reached out to me. That needs to change as well.
I challenge you to look at your life and determine the things that you are overlooking that are key to your growth and happiness. Think about things that you used to do but haven’t found time for lately, whether that’s creating a budget, reading to your children, or eating dinner as a family.
Intentionally find time to add just one or two of those things you aren’t doing back into your life, and then let me know how your life changes.