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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Do or Do Not: There is no Try

I have been re-reading one of my favorite books: Finding Your Smile Again by Jeff Johnson, about helping child care providers get through burnout. I took an online class from Jeff a few weeks ago and it inspired me to re-read the book. In the book, Jeff tells a story involving Kermit the Frog and Yoda. The quote from Yoda is: "Do or do not. There is no try".

So, for six of the last seven days, I have got up and taken a walk in the morning. The other day (last Saturday), I got up and mowed the lawn, so I figured that counted. LOL. Hopefully this is just another step in changing my life and turning things around. Seven days may not seem like a big deal to some people, but it is huge for me.

I had been saying for a while that I was going to "try" to start walking. I realized that saying I was going to try wasn't working. I decided I wasn't going to try, I was going to do it! Last Thursday night, I laid out my clothes and shoes and Friday morning, I just did it. I'm starting out with about 10 minutes and plan to up it a little bit each week. The best thing is: no wheezing! Sure, I get a little out of breath but I'm not gasping for air. Woohoo!!!!


Explorations Early Learning said...

Good for you Tracy!

Waiting for change to happen to you or waiting to take action until conditions are perfect means you will wait a long, long time.

The only way to bring about change is to face fear and discomfort by taking that first step in a new direction.

I'm proud of you!

Brenda Goetz Salladay said...

Great TRACY!!! You are so right we can try all the time and do nothing!!!

Mandy said...

Good for you! I am bad about saying try too! Once I am feeling better I want to get back in the habit of walking.

KiddoKare1 said...

Thank you Jeff, Brenda, and Mandy!