Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Are you winning?

Last week when life sucked, my brain was overloaded and the simplest things were all too hard, I was struggling to see the brighter side of things. In an effort to not be a Negative Nelly ALL the time, I started to write a daily win list - just a short list of 5 or 6 things that I did well, or that happened to me, or that I'm grateful for. Just stuff to feel good about.

It really can help to change your perspective, to bring home to you that, you know what? Life really isn't all bad. I suppose I've done a version of this on and off since I first found Body for LIFE (or more accurately, Body for LIFE found me....). Author Bill Phillips has a little daily exercise where you write down 5 things you did well that day, plus one thing you can improve on. There's more to it, but that's where I took the idea from. I used to climb into bed with my journal and pen each night and spend 5 or 10 minutes reviewing my day and planning the next one. It was a great tool for staying focused, and also for making sure I didn't dwell on a "bad" day.

So, some of the things that appeared on my win list for various days last week (in no particular order) included:

- I kept my temper during a particularly awful customer service experience. I simply dumped my intended purchases and walked out. Go, me!
- Meals were all to plan
- I went for a walk in the sunshine at lunchtime
- Got my training done, even though I didn't feel like doing it
- I stayed in bed till 7:00am
- I got a couple of lovely emails, one from a blog lurker, the other from a former client, both thanking me for inspiring and helping them (boy, I needed those right now!)
- I bought new fluffy bed socks.
- I got to spend some quality time with my husband. :o)

As you can see, most of them are really simple things; no huge achievements or PBs amongst that lot. But sometimes all it takes is one small 'win' to turn your attitude around.

What's on your win list?

4 comments:

Debstar said...

Fluffy bed socks ooouuu!! That should set Bike Boy's heart a flutter. lol

I had a top day on Saturday. Did a spin class with daughter then met up with her friend and did a full body workout outside. 2 hours of exercise and I was pumped. The bonus is I didn't hurt the next day which means I must be a strong girl.

Gabrielle said...

Win lists are such a lovely idea. Today, I fixed the email system.

Kek said...

Deb, Bike Boy finds the idea of pyjamas quite strange (the man is part cyborg - he does NOT feel the cold!) ...so bed socks are apparently hilarious.

Nice to see a couple of other "wins" that fall into the "simple but satisfying" category. :o)

LizN said...

Stuff the socks, I'm going for the big guns a pair of fluffy slippers :)

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