elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Willpower, Determination and Exploring

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Motivation is not something I am lacking. Today I have been frustrated because my willpower, determination, and desire to explore is strong. My ability to act on it is limited. I follow quite a few blogs and three stuck out to me today. My friend at Manage Better Now wrote on Willpower. He questions if people who don’t follow through on goals are lacking willpower or are not planning properly. My willpower is strong, although I admit I have craved potato chips all day since reading the post. I plan well, in fact maybe a bit too detailed, and I have every desire to stick to my plan. Unfortunately my ankle has plans of its own.

My friend at Chasing Fifty wrote on Determination. He makes excellent points that determination, and even stubbornness, can be channeled for good or for destruction. My determination to train is strong. Yes, I may be a bit stubborn as well in wanting to continue as if a sprained ankle won’t change my course. And yes, the destruction is primarily to myself and future training if I experience another injury. Oh, and it would probably impact my training partner too since I am with her 5 to 6 days a week and do all of the same races with her.  But the root of my determination is good. I desperately want to act on it, yet I am limited by what my slowly healing body will allow.

A blog I recently discovered is Cast Light, the author Kathie is incredibly inspiring and makes me look like a pessimist at times. On her pages is a comment: ‘”Cast Light” is a simple reminder that we have a choice to be positive or negative. We can cast light or cast shadows. Alway choose light.’ How can anyone reading that comment alone not want to sing with the birds like Snow White? Her post Explore really hit home with me. I want to set sail and explore, dream, and discover. And I want to now! I just mentioned the other day to someone that of the seven virtues I have six nailed down. Temperance, or moderation in needing things (patience also is considered the same virtue), is my weak link. Heck, Fortitude, or never giving up, I have an abundance of and it is challenging my Temperance…

This morning I swam 2,500 meters. It was a good swim, but I am getting tired of my limitations. Pushing off the wall with one leg is driving me batty. I tried a few times with both, gently, but my ankle would have none of it. I thought that now I am at the three week mark I could go without a brace during the day. My ankle was aching when I left for the gym after work and headed to the stationary bikes. I wore my stiff stability brace but could only ride for 30 minutes. The ache would come in sharp pains. So here I am writing about being motivated, having willpower, being determined and desiring to explore. And not a darn thing I can do about it. But as the Beatles so eloquently phrased it in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, I will get by with a little help from my friends. And fellow bloggers.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

14 thoughts on “Willpower, Determination and Exploring

  1. The one time a guy’s advice can benefit a lady…

    Stuff it and store it. When you’re healed, uncork it and bring it out to play – you might like it. Otherwise, I am truly sorry for your struggles.

  2. Oh geez. I was hoping I’d read that your ankle got better while I was gone! Has it improved at all?

    • It has. The pain today was a combination of pushing off the pool wall and not wearing a brace during the day. I iced it tonight and put a brace on, feeling better. It is going to take time. Thanks for asking! (glad you are back!)

  3. Ankle injuries are tough to heal, I hear you! But it’s worth it to let it heal properly! All your training talk (and all my friends that just did Wildflower this past weekend) got me to talk my other friends into doing a sprint tri relay team! I haven’t been in a pool in a year probably but will get close enough training-wise. We’re doing it for the fun and the cold beer.

    • Good for you! What ever the motivation to get into tri is, it is worth it. Absolutely have fun and the beer will be well earned. Thank you for the encouragement.

      • I’ve done one, not as quickly as you, mind you. I trained with a team and did an Olympic Tri then was training for Wildflower Long Course myself a few years back and actually got to do training weekend where you do swim and bike one day and run the next so I did the course but not event weekend – I got sidelined by an angry gall bladder. That was my other blog: tntirongirlsarah.blogspot.com I never really got back on track after that for a long while but now the itch is back being surrounded by triathletes like you and my friends! I feel like a slacker!

      • Quick is all relative! I am a middle packer. I will check out the blog, thanks for sharing!

  4. Keep up the great work! Your attitude and approach to dealing with your ankle over these last few weeks has been positive and contagious.. Thank you for that! Here’s a little spiritual reminder I love “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”(2Chronicles 15:7). Have a great day

  5. Keep the mental ambitions, but listen to that ankle…it wants to deliver just as much as you do. Fingers crossed that it heals up, soon!

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