One of the things I have been thinking about lately and which is on my mind today is doing hard things. What do you think of when I say that? To me, the meaning can be subjective, but I will share some thoughts on what it means to me and see if any of it resonates with you.
When I think about doing hard things I think that we, as humans, are capable of doing so much more than we give ourselves credit for. Take a person who is going through depression. Perhaps getting out of bed is a good day for them. Maybe taking time for themselves to do something they enjoy is a good day for them. Maybe spending time just being in the moment is something to give themselves credit for.
One of the practices I have been trying to do for myself is to wake up in the morning and remind myself that I am grateful. What am I grateful for? It can depend on the day. Some days when I am struggling (yes, us therapists struggle too!) I am grateful to have another day here on this earth to exist, and be the best person for myself, for my family, and for my clients that I can be. Some days I am grateful for my ability to move, the list can go on and on.
Today I am going to do a one mile time trial for my marathon preparation which I am in the process of. Me being the #turtletrotter that I am goes into things like this sometimes with trepidation. Will I be faster than I was the last time that I did this? Will my body struggle in the heat (likely yes because heat and I don’t get along!) Again, I can go on and on.
However, I am reminding myself as I am going to remind you dear reader, that we can do hard things. And whether I am faster, slower, or just struggle my way through it, I am going to give it my best chance. Isn’t that all I can ask of myself? Isn’t that all that we can ask of ourselves?
I would love to hear your thoughts on doing hard things and about having an attitude of gratitude. Feel free to contact me at https://imagineyourbestself.com. And if you are not comfortable sharing, I challenge you to try to think within this mindset. I bet you are capable of so much more than you believe you can do.