What Stickability Really Looks Like

We fall. We break. We fail….But then, we rise, we heal, we overcome.

Greta ThunbergLustig

In November last year I decided to get serious with my exercise routine. I decided to walk 15 kilometres a day, 4 days a week (the other 3 days I work on busy hospital wards with lots of physical activity during my 12 hour shifts).

My feet hurt. They ached as a result of my gruelling 15K walk. I could barely walk after my exercise. I expected the pain to subside after 2 to 3 weeks. But, hell no!

It looked like the pain was getting worse, if anything.

I soon realised that if I didn’t do something to minimise or stop the crippling pain, I would quit my 15K walk in its infancy. Yes, the ‘babywas at risk of being aborted!

During my 15K walk, my feet did not hurt at all. Now, that’s strange – right? Well, not really.

Apparently, what I was experiencing is called “plantar fasciitis” – pain on the bottom of your feet. During exercise the pain is better but gets worse after resting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/plantar-fasciitis/

By the way – I would do a good 10 minutes or so of stretches after my 15K walk but this did not help the pain at all.

Anyhow, I set out to find a solution to ease my aching feet – before I quit.

Believe me, when you hurt like I did, the thought of quitting is always on your mind. This one part of me just wanted out nowI could hear it screaming at me to ‘stop now‘!

I was tempted to hang my ‘boots’ and call it quits. Who would blame me? It looked like the right thing to do.

I grudgingly entertained the thought of taking a break from it all – to allow my feet to heal. However, I knew that taking a break may be the beginning of quitting – (I know this because I’ve been ‘there’ many times before – ‘quittersland‘).

The other part of me knew I had to carry on – no matter what!

The pain is temporary‘ I would reassure myself. I believed the pain would soon disappear. Strength would soon replace the pain. I had to keep on keeping on.

Anyway, ‘fast forward‘….

I found some helpful tips on how to relieve sore feet. In no time, I decided to dip my feet in hot/warm water for 2 minutes. After which I would then dip them in cold water for another 2 minutes. This brought immediate relief to my achy feet.

Apparently, this method works by ‘opening and closing the veins in your feet promoting proper blood circulation. The improved circulation helps relieve sore feethttps://www.mappingmegan.com/heel-that-pain-how-to-relieve-sore-feet-after-walking-all-day/. You can also add some essential oils to the water in which you intend to soak your feet.

Unfortunately for me, the relief was short-lived. The pain returned. And, I couldn’t bear it.

Remember Stickability and Forget Quitability

Eraa Khannapiraan

I decided to cut back on the distance I was walking. I went from 15K to 10K – a distance I walk in just under 2 hours. I walk some and run some – it’s what I prefer and it works well for me. Maybe one day I will be able to run all the way.

With the distance now adjusted, my feet didn’t hurt as much and I was happier. I was gifted a foot massage machine – thanks to the husband. Good ‘investment‘. I also decided to set a daily target of 12000 steps on my mobile phone app. I don’t always hit my target when I’m at work but I aim for at least 6000 steps.

Since I started my regular exercise routine, I’m experiencing some amazing health benefits such as:

  • Energy boost: before my exercise routine I felt lethargic most of the time. I would hardly move from the sofa on my ‘off’ days. But, now I have lots of energy and I’m getting more done for myself and my family.
  • Improved mood: I’m experiencing reduced stress and improved self-esteem.
  • I now sleep better at night.
  • The niggling aches and pains in my body have all but disappeared.

These immediate health benefits of my daily exercise routine urge me to carry on this valuable habit – no matter what. I persevere and keep encouraging myself to exercise whether I feel like it or not. I would have quit but I decided to stay the course. I decided to stick with it though I was in excruciating pain.

The moral of the story is, remain resolute in your goals. Outlast whatever opposition you encounter on the journey to your desired lifestyle. You’ll come out victorious and live the life of your dreams.

Live life to the full

3 Simple Steps to Supercharge Your Life Without Losing Your Mind

You have to pay the price. You will find that everything in life exacts a price, and you will have to decide whether the price is worth the prize.

Sam Nunn

Maybe it’s a dream or a goal you would like to achieve.

A business venture or project you’ve always visualised.

You’ve always wanted to break away from your tedious 9-5 job. You find it draining and boring but you just don’t know where to start. You have this brilliant idea to help you escape this mundane lifestyle. You really want to work on that project, that vision, that goal. You believe it will supercharge your life.

But, fear of the unknown paralyses you. Fear of uncertainty. Your mind is clouded. Negative voices are screaming in your head. Voices of fear. You know that pursuing your vision means walking into uncharted waters. You’re scared. You’re petrified. And….this is normal.

You need to overcome the fear of uncertainty. Have confidence in your abilities. Believe in yourself. Believe you can do it. Be positive. Your perception is important. Your perception will determine whether or not you’ll courageously take on these uncharted waters or sit back and wallow in your comfort zone.

What is the cost of following your dream? What odds are stacked against you? This is called counting the cost – before you make a decision. What are the consequences of your decision? In what ways is this decision going to affect you or your loved ones? Count the cost.

You will have odds against you. But these odds can be conquered – and you can. Be realistic in your assessment. Have realistic expectations. Do not blindly dive into things that you’ll later regret.

There’s nothing wrong with having big dreams. But don’t let that big dream overwhelm you. Do not drag yourself into a situation that plunges you into sorrow and distress. A situation that leaves you bogged down with demands of an ‘outrageous’ and unrealistic dream.

Breakdown your vision/dream into small achievable steps. Work towards your vision one step at a time and build momentum as you go. Eventually you’ll achieve your vision and live the life you’ve always dreamed of – without losing your mind.

The following simple steps will show you how to get started with your vision and supercharge your life without losing your mind.

1.Are you prepped for victory?

It starts with you. Your attitude. Your actions.

Show that you have the right mindset towards your vision. Have you developed good habits? Habits that enable you to take control of situations that arise in your life. Are you empowered? Have you developed resilience along the way?

Having overcome some difficult situations in life empowers you. It develops resilience in you. You’ll have the faith and tenacity to go for your desired lifestyle.

Things will get thrown at you. Odds will be stacked against you but the strength and courage you’ve developed will see you through the difficult times. Hold on to your belief. Stay positive in your perception. Speak only what you’d like to see happen in your life.

Avoid negativity. Do not let fear get in the way of what you’re trying to achieve. Do not let your mind work against you. Stay focused on the prize. Work tirelessly towards your goal until you have it.

Your attitude, your mindset, your perception have everything to do with how your quest for your desired lifestyle turns out. Have the right mindset.

2.Enhance your commitment with single-mindedness

If you’re committed and single-minded in achieving your goal, you’ll not only have the courage to start the task but you’ll surely finish the task at hand.

When you’re committed and determined to achieve a goal, no amount of opposition will stop you. No pressure or naysayers will stand in your way. Be brave. Be courageous. Remain persistent with your goal.

Single-mindedness means focusing on one thing only. Stay focused on the task at hand. Make the right choices. Fruitful choices. Choices that help you achieve your desired goal.

Being single-minded will help you achieve your goal. Single-mindedness fires you up to stay the course. Remain firm and grounded in your belief.

3.What are you waiting for? Start now!

Wait a minute….

Do not bite more than you can chew. Start small. Remember, break it down into small achievable chunks. Do not wait for conditions to be perfect before you can start. That’s not going to happen – you’ll wait forever. Start now! – you’ll perfect things along the way.

Do not be scared of the unknown. Take that step of faith and jump. Just start – no matter what! Do not listen to the negative voices in your head. The voices of fear telling you it’s too hard. Telling you, you can’t make it.

Start that project now. Start that business now. You’ll be surprised to find that it’s not as horrendous as you’d imagined. You don’t have to understand everything before you start. It’ll gradually become clear as you go. The sooner you start the better.

Be organised. Be willing to do things that you may not enjoy doing. Things that are difficult to do like waking up early and working odd hours of the day. Work on your vision and give it everything you have. Do not be discouraged. Do not be disheartened. Do not give up – no matter what.

Live life to the full