Every morning, I aim to walk 3 miles before I do any computer work. I like walking, I really do, but sometimes keeping active feels like a chore. Lately, the conversation in my head sounds something like this:
The Other Danielle: “You have tons of work to do. Go for a walk later.”
The True Danielle: “Get that blood moving. Take in nature. Clear your mind. You know if you wait you won’t go.”
The Other Danielle: “What’s the point of going for a walk? You’ll need to do more than that if you want to get rid of your extra Covid pounds.”
The True Danielle: “Get your butt outside. You’re walking to reconnect with yourself and the universe. To stay healthy. This is where your best ideas come to you and so what if you have a few extra pounds?”
Last week, I woke up and it was pouring. I’m sure it’s easy to imagine how my two sides handled this conversation:
The Other Danielle: “It’s raining. Here’s your excuse! You don’t have to walk today. Woot woot!”
The True Danielle: “You made a commitment to yourself. You’re not going to melt. Since when do you need excuses?”
The Other Danielle: “But the walk will be sooo boring. I can’t even track my steps or listen to my Audible because my phone is on the fritz and it can’t get wet.”
The True Danielle: “Quit your whining.”
As tempting as the arguments were from The Other Danielle, I listened to my truth-telling, no bull crap self. I laced up my sneakers, left my phone on my desk, and braved the weather.
Ten minutes into my walk, I chuckled to myself. I was having the time of my life. Each droplet of water on my skin made me feel alive. The streets weren’t filled with walkers or cars and so I got a beautiful, solidary ‘It’s just me and the world’ experience. All I could hear were the birds chirping and the squirrels nibbling away at their acorns. And best of all, I didn’t break a promise to myself.
After I showered and powered up the laptop, I produced some of my best work of the week.
How can you tune into your True Self instead of that Other Self trying to derail you?
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PS – Here’s an affirmation to help you along your ‘I listen to my true self’ journey: “I will trust myself, my intuition and my guidance.”
PPS – To remind you that your True Self and your Other Self are always present in the moment of decision, get out you journal. Here’s a writing prompt: Think back to a time when your True Self overcame the excuses from your Other Self. What positives came from that experience?