Coach and I talk a lot about “distraction” and being able to focus within, keeping an eye on controlling what you can control when everything around you is out of control. This is something I’m continually working on mastering, and I would say it’s played a big role in my consistency and associated growth as an athlete over the past 16 months.
But this week was a reminder to me of how much easier it is to do this when things are going smoothly. What is meaningful is maintaining that zen when mayhem ensues. In the last 24 hours, my phone was stolen (along with credit card and license), January paycheck intercepted and deposited in mystery bank account (whattt!); phone reclaimed (thank you Clermont Police!) but SIM card and credit cards gone; AT&T said it could replace SIM card for me; then AT&T said it couldn’t replace SIM card immediately since we had deactivated device while it was missing; 2 of 3 credit cards easy to replace and cancel the fraudulent cards made; 3rd of 3 was so difficult to deal with that it outweighed ease of the first two. Top it off with a rough rough swim this morning and it was the kind of day when nothing could go right! Basically, it was the perfect test of my ability to focus on controlling what I could control and not letting the craziness take away from my ability to perform in training.
I was somewhat successful…. Somewhat. Some wins and some stumbles, slowly working through the craze, keeping my training priorities in line, and hitting reset while reminding myself how much worse life could be! THEN, lo and behold, Mayor Pete Buttigieg put it perfectly in his tweet this afternoon: “ ‘Nevertheless she persisted’ sounds like a perfect motto for today’s happy warriors.”
Your problems right now may be far graver than mine, or perhaps today was close to a perfect day (yay!) – either way, may this motto guide you through the good and the bad: focus on controlling what you can control; block the distractions; and PERSIST!