Today marks the last day of January. I'm up super early (for me) today 5am.
I made a commitment at the beginning of the year to achivie some of my Level 10 goals and one target that falls jointly under the heading of Fitness and Giving and Contribution that I have been working on all month is to Walk a 100 miles in the hope to raise £100 for a Dementia. The funds going to a charity here in the U.K , one close to my heart mainly as I have family who suffer with this awful disease.
I'd like as much research as possible to be done , offer a contribution to the work and support they give families and as I set myself some fitness goals and thought let's see if I can get sponsorship (encouragement and accountability) and support whilst doing both.
So I have been walking and running much more , much more! Tracking it all with my Fitbit (check out my other blog posts to find out more about this tracker) It's been more challenging than I thought and today I have lots of miles to get in but I am determined to complete it.
So I am up and ready jumping out of bed with both excitement and apprehension, planning a long run , then the usual walk for school run twice , walking the dog at least once , going flower hunting for possible essence making (that always involves a lot of walking) and then going for a run again - I can do this !! I'm still looking for sponsors but the ones I have so far I will not be letting down.
So 5am and I'm off for my first run of the day , earlier than usual mainly so I can rest before having to do the walk to school!
Adapting my SAVERS today which I have already planned , today's affirmations and visualisations are going to be thought and chanted in my head as I run (can't say them out loud and breathe correctly, I'm not fit enough yet!) Reading will be actually listening to an audio book and my meditation will be more like a relaxation using the sound track below when I do my cool down when my running has finished.
So adapting the SAVERS routine to suit today's schedule. I haven't forgotten scribing or Journalling I intend to do that with this blog post later in the day.
Lots of insights and learnings I could share with you today but one I experienced and thought relevant to today. The art of listening. As I still needed sponsors I shared publically on my social groups and spoke to a number of friends today to see if any of them would be on board to being a sponser. Only to find a fair few who I had already had what I considered in depth conversations with at the begging of the month hadn't realised why or who I was raising money for with my fitness commitment.
Whilst I pass no judgments in this on them , it did make me think about how many times we engage in conversations and only hear part of it.
I did some research on statistics and apparently most of us only remember around 25-50% of most conversations . So I thought hard about how I too probably on occasions fall into this trap, after all a lot of our daily social connections are limited to quick conversations , texts , voicemails , chatting on the go , social media and I'm often multi tasking. Being honest I'm consistently at my best as a listener when I am engaged one on one with someone , or when time is not relevent or I'm working with a client then mindful conversation and listening comes easily . To be a better version of me I need to be able to master the art of real listening.
So I decided to think about how I can listen better to be a better version of me , to set an example and maybe inspire a few others to consider how they listen on occasions too.
So here are my thoughts and my own commitments, you may have some other ideas you too could add. These can be practised firstly with ourselves , but then with our family , children, relatives , friends , colleagues , clients and wider communities.