COMMITMENT VS. SACRIFICE
I posted about this on my IG a few months back but as I continue my personal journey with certain things I felt it would be a nice reflection point for the Blog. I’ll start with this:
I have to work out —> I get to work out
I have to eat well —> I get to eat well
I have to stretch —> I get to stretch
Over the last 2 months I have gone from forcing myself to go to Yoga – because I ‘think’ it is something I should be doing, to religiously booking into 2 classes a week consistently. So much so, that I will sometimes even prioritise my practise on the mat over my once preferred methods of training.
This isn’t to say I have lost love for one side, it’s simply depositing my money in different accounts.
For however long I would make excuses about why I couldn’t get to Yoga, stretch in general, or make downtime for myself – something extremely simple but overlooked in our now fast-paced society.
It’s like I would convince myself of my excuses, and quite simply put – bullshit.
When we find excuses, we are simply telling ourselves things we want to hear rather than taking accountability and finding the solution.
It’s like we are owed something. But what?
I felt like I was owed more time, because I “just didn’t have the time to stretch” – but really, that was bullshit!
Yoga is now a non-negotiable. It feeds my soul just like my training, my work, my sleep, and recovery. It is a necessary factor in the life I choose to live.
The initial period of transition, I felt like I was making a sacrifice by getting up on my mornings off to get to a class. I’d usually have spent these mornings at home.
Our choices are decided by our perception and our perception often decides the outcome. But was it sacrifice or actually a commitment? Was it therefore a choice that would leave to a better outcome? If sacrifice means staying committed then we just need to change our perspective.
Let’s change the language…
I’ve chosen to wake up on my mornings off. I’ve chosen to get on the mat. I’ve chosen to start my day with an hour of complete disconnection. Because really I know that’s good for me. Because I know once I’m up and had that hour – I’m ready.
Embracing the chance to get on the mat has also led to increased productivity elsewhere – I’m working on projects with more efficiency, I feel more alert, awake, in touch. Additional benefits can only be a good thing.
By changing something as simple as our language and in turn perspective, we change it all. It’s only a chore if you make it one.
When you are faced with decisions – you must decide how much it means to you. Is it therefore a sacrifice or choice. If you choose to drink less, are you ridding yourself of perceived ‘fun’ or is that the choice for your mental sanity and also for how you feel? If you have to get up before work to train because that is the only time you have – is it a sacrifice or a choice which leads to a much greater good?
We aren’t owed anything. Less playing victim. More taking accountability and ownership.
Do what you got to do in order to make those changes in areas that need it.