One Step A Day

One Step A Day

What do you want your future to look like?

‘Your future is not tomorrow. The future is what you are creating today.’ Anthon St. Maarten

Do you think about who you want to be when you grow older?

 

Swimming or Sugar?

By Eudora Pascall

It’s Friday afternoon. I’m exhausted. It’s been a tough week with a lot of work that needed to be done. I’ve not had a moment to stop and rest. I’d like to go swimming, but I feel guilty that I should be carrying on with all the work I need to do. It’s tempting to eat lots of sugar and push on through. Andrew comes in and makes it clear that I need to get out and exercise. I imagine he has noticed that I’ve stopped being that efficient and that I’m probably starting to get a bit grumpy.

I don’t want to go swimming. It’s tempting to find an excuse not to go. But I know it would be good to go.

I go swimming. As I leave the pool, wet hair and pleasantly tired, I wonder why I’d been resistant to go.

I had covid for about a month in March. I was shocked how it affected my health and my breathing and decided I needed to get fit. I started swimming every day, slowly building up the number of lengths I did. After swimming every day for a week, I started to notice that I became addicted to the adrenaline. I felt great. After two weeks I noticed my body changing shape and an increased energy. After 4 weeks I was doing 40 lengths a day. My diet had naturally changed, I was less interested in sugar and more craving fruit and vegetables. When my friend Tom Penny posted on Facebook that he was going to do 1K a day in May, I was hooked. I felt a kinship.

And then I fell out of the routine…

It started with me travelling to London for work. I only managed to go swimming once while I was away. I came home and got busy with work. And that’s how I found myself on a late Friday afternoon, wanting to eat sweets rather than go swimming. And yet I like having a fitter, healthier body. I am more energised, I’m happier and I jump out of bed in the morning with a spring in my step.

A certain amount of routine creates space for creativity, growth and for you to reach the stars and make your desired future happen.

We humans are funny creatures. We know that exercise, healthy eating and self-care makes us feel great, is good for us and increases the chances of living longer and yet we are drawn to sitting on the sofa, eating junk food and ignoring health issues.

My parents both died when I was a young adult. My three sisters and I were left lost, not having mature guiding hands to help us navigate the ups and downs of life. I don’t want the same to happen to my daughter. I want to be a crazy grandmother telling stories to my grandchildren of the times I used to be a Spanish speaking explorer with a purple rucksack and a talking monkey (Dora the Explorer).

After a month of being very unwell, I realised that if I didn’t start doing something now, then the future I wanted wouldn’t happen.

I’ve done over 400 days of Duolingo (I need passable Spanish to make sure the ‘Dora the Explorer’ story holds up).

My biggest learning over the last year has been that though there are so many things I’d like to do, that if I actually decide to do something, one step at a time, I can make it happen.

 

Self guided activity – Take a moment for yourself

I invite you to think about what you want in your future and decide on one step a day that will get you there.

What does the future you look like? 

How would you like to be remembered?

What’s on your bucket list?

If you’re going to be an open-hearted Authentic Leader, you need to take care of yourself. As an adult, you’re 100 per cent responsible for yourself (and your children, if you have them), and if you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will. Being present is one of the key principles of being an Authentic Leader. There are four key areas of self-care – food and drink, sleep, physical exercise and mental wellbeing.

 

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