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The other day someone I follow on twitter was “twittering” the trending topic #resetyourself. The basic gist of this TT seemed to be to name activities or mindsets that someone should give up, something someone needed to change their perspective on, or something they might want to do/think over.

When the year started, I had all of these lofty goals, all of these wonderful things that I wanted to achieve. Sometime after my birthday, I lost my enthusiasm for most of these things. Some I hadn’t gotten to. Some I gave up on altogether. I’ve inspired some people to start striving for their own goals, or at least encouraged them along with them, but I feel like I’m falling victim to what Paul pointed out as a possible problem for preachers/evangelists/elders/deacons/etc. : I’ve led people to gain something that I myself have lost. In my case, I’ve motivated the receptionist to begin exercising again and I’ve been slacking off. I’ve motivated many people to at least try a form of Yoga, whether for relaxation or fitness. I’ve encouraged people to start writing again and get over writer’s block, when I myself haven’t written anything but blogs and journals and ideas for months. It’s ridiculous. It’s not that I don’t practice what I preach, but it’s that I’ve lost a lot of my original interest and motivation somehow.

It’s time to reset myself. I went to the gym today and upped my Cybex stairstepper/elliptical thingie to 45 minutes instead of 30. That’s right, I jumped 15 minutes and didn’t die. I sweated though!

The Revolution will not be televised...

There are a lot of other things I need to do to get my fitness back on track, but this is a good start. I also want to start doing other things again, like writing a blog entry everyday and submit writings and get my financial and spiritual houses in order. There are some big decisions that I will have to make soon. Right now, I’m celebrating a small victory and starting over.

Random Thought of the Day: Are you a gain it or lose it type of person? In school, there are two major types of teachers, ones where you gain an A and ones where you lose an A. A gain an A teacher was the teacher that started everyone with zero and you had to work your way to an A. A lose an A teacher was the teacher who would start everyone out with an A and all you had to do was keep it. Which system works better for you? Most people seemed excited about the lose an A teacher’s approach, but not many people kept their A; in fact, I would venture to say more people got A’s in the class where they had to earn one than in the class where they only had to keep one. Why is this? Are we conditioned to take for granted what’s easily handed to us? As someone who hasn’t been handed a whole lot in life and has had to create many of my own opportunities, I appreciated the lose an A approach, but it wasn’t necessary. I still positioned myself as if I had to earn an A.

4 thoughts on “#ResetYourself

  1. I like the gain an “A” approach. It was mentally hard to deal with, after the first assignments & exams, a lowered grade to a “B” or “C”. I would rather feel as if I improved my status from an “F” to a “C” than messed up by lowering it from an “A” to a “C”. I don’t see it as thinking it’s too easy to be handed an “A” because I’d gladly take it if there wasn’t work involved to keep it but I like seeing progress….working for something….I guess I may be conditioned to think I need to work to gain.

    In some ways of the world, that is correct. If you tell me I am the best runner in the world so I just need to keep my medal around my neck that would terrify me because there’s more opposition & threats when you are at the top (much like Christians being tempted by Satan). Tell me I am the worst runner you’ve ever seen and I need to win that medal then I’m on the look out for any opposition never getting relaxed because I have something to prove (Satan).

    I’m thinking too much into this which is what I normally do but I still prefer the push against resistance as opposed to the guard against resistance approach….

  2. To me, in both scenarios, you have to earn the A; it’s just in one scenario it’s explicitly stated and in the other it is not. I always take the earn an A approach– with jobs now that I’m not in school. It’s really a lose an A situation– you’re going to get paid the same amount whether you get it done or you excel @ getting it done (until raise/bonus time), but I like to challenge myself to see how efficiently I can do it, how much faster I can be than the actual deadline without compromising quality.

  3. Make note of it all because you can use those times to argue for a better raise or bonus. My sup told me to keep track of everything I brought to the table which was above the original expectation.

  4. Yeah, and my boss keeps up with it too. The fact that I finished a month ahead of schedule on the last project ended up in my last review I had. I definitely like to make sure I remind them what I have accomplished and what I have done ahead of time and everything. I can’t afford for my achievements to get lost in the shuffle! 😀

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