Bennie asking whatcha talking about?
I was visiting my old work today and had a conversation with a former co-worker. It was a great conversation and we got caught up on several things. However, the part of the conversation that really got me thinking was one part where we talked about some of the things that was stopping this person from getting back to exercising.
At some point I asked “What can you do?”
The person looked at me like I had grown another head, but stopped and chuckled. One of those “ah hah” moments.
I asked if they could you do this or that.
We bantered back and forth a few more times and they told me things they could do. The person started to get pretty excited by the idea of things they could do, while waiting for their operation, versus just sitting and waiting until it happened.
I said you have to block out time for it, when would you do it.
We narrowed it down to after their work day
I then asked if they had made an appointment in their calendar.
They said they had never done that for themself before. The person got all excited and made a recurring appointment for after work Monday through Thursday to start.
The person then started talking about getting their spouse to go with them and sounded pretty excited and upbeat about the whole idea of getting back to the gym and doing things that they could do.
When I left they had a pretty big smile and you could still see the wheels spinning round and round.
Now, I am not patting myself on the back or anything – I simply switched the person’s perception from all the stuff they couldn’t do, to simply look at the stuff they could still do.
However, too many of us (myself included), get so damn caught up in all the negativity around what we can’t do right now, that we forget about all the things we still CAN DO.
So many time when we stop and look at things from the can do perspective, we can do a helluva LOT more than we thought we could.
No it may not always be easy or even painless, but what if you can do it, how would that make you feel?
Stop and think for a minute:
What can you still do?
You might be surprised.