This past weekend, I went for a run. And if you don’t know already, you’ll learn pretty quick that I don’t “run”. So out of curiosity, I decided to download one of those fancy apps that tell you how far you go, which of course also calculates your speed, calories burned and most anything else you’d want to know.
Well like I said, I don’t really run so I wasn’t expecting much. But that didn’t make the results any less disappointing. At the end of my route, I looked down at my phone to see numbers. Numbers that told me I didn’t run fast enough, I didn’t go far enough, and I definitely didn’t burn enough calories. Reading this may sound silly to you, but can you tell me you’ve never let your mind get the best of you?
You see, I believe we are all wired very differently. And some people can use numbers to empower them. To push them harder towards their goals. But often times, I also believe we let these numbers have control in ways they shouldn’t. Doctors use numbers to help verify our health – but does that mean we should rely on numbers to define our worth?
Now don’t get me wrong, numbers can be a great tool. For someone looking to lose weight, they can give you a guideline. For someone running a marathon, they can provide a base to improve upon. For someone in bad health, they can be a much needed wake up call. But for someone who has previously let numbers define them?
You see, I didn’t always understand the importance of a balanced lifestyle. I let one particular number hold a lot more weight than it should have, literally. And because of that, I struggled.
What I have learned since then is that I am a constant work in progress. I don’t struggle the way I used to but I have also learned a lot about myself in the meantime; today I want to challenge you to do the same and become aware of what works – and what doesn’t – for you. Yes, some people can use numbers to their benefit. Me? I’ve learned that progress is key. Feeling a sense of accomplishment, knowing I got my workout in, having the sweat roll down my back – that for me is enough.
Maybe one day I’ll be able to use one of those fancy apps and not have the numbers bring me down, but today, I’ve learned that being proud of myself for making it happen is more than enough. That I am enough without the numbers.