I did one thing differently this morning and it has provided me with an entirely different perspective for my day. This morning I hooked one of those pedometers that measure steps to my belt with the idea that I would see how many steps I walk in a day, and to make some effort to reach the magical 10,000 total that seems to be promoted everywhere.
Before I even left the house I had chalked up close to 800 steps, most of that walking back and forth from rooms to recover forgotten items. On a “normal” day, without a focus on counting steps, the toing and froing would have stressed me out as I chided myself for not being organised and for wasting time. Today, I had a different focus though; my focus was on the goal of attaining the magical number.
Every time I walked from the kitchen back to bedroom to retrieve my phone, my handbag, my watch (hey, I’m sick remember, that is my excuse for the scattered possessions anyway) I just told myself “Wow, more steps!” Wasn’t I a great woman, oh yes indeed! So by the time I was ready to walk into the garage and drive to work there was a lovely total of almost 800. By the first break at school I had almost 3,500 steps – and I work in a library!
Maybe, I will get to the 10,000 total that is my goal, today, maybe not. I have learnt a life lesson though – having a goal changes everything. It certainly turned what I constructed as a negative into a positive and lowered my stress levels instantly. It’s all about focus, perspective and reprogramming that monkey voice in our head to speak the positive on our journey to our goal.
I spent twenty dollars on my pedometer – it has repaid me far more.