One simple action reminded me how change ultimately brings greater happiness, but not right away.
The simple change I made involved, of all things, purchasing a pair of minimalist sneakers. When I went to the running store to purchase a new pair of sneakers, the sales person at first guided me to sneakers that were similar to those I have always worn. Just as she was about to bring them out for me, she paused and said pointing to the minimalist sneakers, “let’s try these.”
I was a competitive runner for many years and my running technique has been ingrained in me. I also have a few chronic injuries that have caused me pain. I had heard about the benefits of minimalist sneakers: how they make you feel like you’re running barefoot, how they’re good for your back and hips. I also heard if you don’t run in them properly, you could end up with even more injuries.
The sales person at the running store was patient with me: she taught me how to change my running style to accommodate these new sneakers. It required my striking the ground with my mid-foot instead of my heal. She also instructed me to run more upright.
The first couple days I thought I had made a dreadful mistake. With every step I took, I was convinced that I was running incorrectly and would injure myself. My runs were short and unsatisfying. Then today, when I went for my run in the woods, I literally felt like I was flying. I ran as fast as I did when I stopped running seriously many years ago. It was truly exhilarating!
The thoughts in our mind are a reflection of the way we live our life. If we believe we can’t do something, then we won’t do it, at least well. I thought that I would never be able to run long distances comfortably again. It turns out that wasn’t the case.
Cleansing is a powerful tool to help us replace the weak limiting thoughts with empowering thoughts so that we feel more confidant making changes.
What are you waiting for to feel your absolute best?