There was stage in my life where I felt nothing but extreme guilt. This went on day after day and lasted for several weeks. It was horrible. Why was I feeling guilty? It was a case where I had let a lot of little things add up to the point where I was completely weighted down with negative thoughts. I knew I should be exercising more, I had a gym membership that I didn’t use and I had not attended training in months due to simple laziness. I had put on weight and felt like absolute rubbish. I ended up torturing myself inside. I was eating and drinking more. Questions haunted me. What am I going to say to my Sensei? What does my partner think of me? My parents and friends? What do I do? I didn’t used to be this way!
I bet myself up about it mentally and just couldn’t find a way forward. I spent weeks surfing the internet looking for answers. New training locations, new exercise routines, health and fitness tips. I read self-help books. So much research, so much information, yet not enough DOING. It got to the point where enough was enough. I knew that I was wasting time and achieving nothing. Yes, I had learnt a great deal, but knowledge without the ability to apply it is useless. One morning, I transferred all of my thoughts to paper. From here I narrowed down what was truly important, and what was not. I then made a list. Numbered 1 to 10, these were the steps I would take to get my life back on track. This process completely cleared my head and finally, for the first time in months, things seemed a whole lot more manageable. Having a clear head and a clear focus, I made some decisions and stuck to them. I felt excited about life once more.
Any idea you have to improve your life in one area or another is never a bad idea. You may want to take up painting? Or perhaps start swimming at the local pool? You may aim to qualify for the next Commonwealth or Olympic games? If your ambition is genuine, and you’re ready to commit, then go for it. No one is stopping you from reaching the unlimited potential you already possess within. On the other hand, if you are not ready to commit then that’s also fine. But have trust in yourself to recognise these feelings and move on without letting negative thoughts drag you down. When you feel like something is starting to bog you down mentally, write it down, step back and assess whether it is really worth worrying about. If it is, formulate a plan by breaking the problem down into 10 simple steps (or as many as you can). By making the steps small and manageable, you increase your chances of success while staying in control of the situation at all times. With reference to my previous entry, Who am I?, just remember, no one is putting pressure on you. YOU are the master of your mind. Trust yourself.