What are you not doing?

Photo courtesy of JunkByJo (Creative Commons)

Photo courtesy of JunkByJo (Creative Commons)

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.

4 thoughts on “What are you not doing?

  1. Carol, First of all, thanks for opening up your feed to be complete readable in Feedly. Second, thanks for the reminder. I’ve been doing a lot of running, but I need to throw in some core and strength training.

    • Thank you for letting me know about the problem – I bet others were struggling too. And I have to admit I really have a hard time getting motivated to do the strength training but it always makes me run better.

  2. Balance is tricky – saying yes to something means saying no to something else. Initiating contact with a friend cuts into work or family or exercise time. Reading books cuts into marketing time. Serving at church cuts into time taking care of home. Makes me crazy to think of all the shoulds! But, it is always good to take a look and see if something less important could be dropped for something more important. I’ll try to think on this when I pop awake at 3 a.m. unless I just spend that time praying for all the difficult situations surrounding me right now. Yikes! Instead of commenting I should be praying. See what I mean?

    And thanks for including the entire post in the emails (and thank you to Jon for mentioning it – I thought that’s just the way it had to be!)

    • The shoulds will drive you crazy! I find my challenge is often to broaden my view to see the options instead of having blinders on and being overly focused on one thing. That’s most often how I lose my balance – praying for peace for you and your difficult situations.

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