Wrong Data – Right Results!

Last evening I told myself I would go for a walk in the morning.  I downloaded an app to track my results.  I didn’t have a goal in distance or time; I just wanted to start my day with a walk.  

I awoke just before my 630a alarm, got out my iPad and began writing my daily gratitude list. The list was something I started some 30 days ago and it has proven immeasurably beneficial. While making my list I was thinking of my walking commitment made the night before. I wasn’t arguing with myself or making excuses but I hadn’t yet gotten out of bed.  Having finished my gratitude entry, I then checked email and Facebook and realized my energy was diminishing, if only slightly, and I was almost ready to just jump in the shower and start my day.  

Instead, I got dressed and went for a walk.  The clothes I chose were functional and suited for the 37 degree morning.  Outside on my front step I opened the app and pressed start.  I was immediately motivated because I took action and was honoring a commitment I made to myself (and had broken before).  The snow hadn’t melted on the sidewalks so footing wasn’t sure.  At first chance, I exited the walk and took off up the street.  Feeling a bit cold putting my hands in my pockets, I walked not paying much attention to anything but the steps I was taking.  I went a bit longer than I originally envisioned and finished up with a slight jog.  

Inside my home I opened the app eager to see the results.  21 minutes and 3.4 miles.  I was a bit surprised and very pleased.  Wow 3.4 miles … I can do this every day.  I immediately recalibrated my thinking – one day at a time. I took off my jacket and sweatshirt, showered, dressed and made a pot of coffee.  Looking again at the app it showed a map of my walk but had me going places I didn’t go.  I enlarged the map and saw even clearer the incorrect data it had logged for me.  

I had the wrong data but the right results.  I had not walked 3.4 miles but I walked.  And leading up to it was simpler than ever.  I didn’t research the best walk tracking app, wear the right outfit, or even do prep/post stretches.  I didn’t set long term goals tied to specific outcomes.  I didn’t envision myself having accomplished the goal and experiencing pride and satisfaction.  I didn’t share my commitment with others, ask someone to partner with me or join a gym.  I simply made and kept a commitment to myself; I started my day by going for a walk.  

Too many people try to reinvent the wheel while a Ferrari roars past.  Don’t overthink, overplan, overanalyze or overcommit.  Our lives will be over soon enough. Take action today doing what you know works and do it well.

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