It started as a simple conversation about running, pace, and times. We both opened up the app on our phones and talked about some of the struggles, successes, and challenges ahead while scrolling through the history.
Then it came out.
“I must need to recalibrate the GPS, I am not that fast.”
As I heard those words, I couldn’t help myself.
“Really? You have been training hard, staying on schedule, and when you make progress, why does your first thought assume something is wrong with the GPS? Why do you discount your achievements?”
“In the past…”
“I used to not…”
All of next few statements were not about the present reality, or celebrating the accomplishment. All were focused on the past.
Past limits. Past thoughts. Past obstacles.
I listened for a few minutes.
“Sounds like is not your GPS that needs recalibrating.”
When do you discount your achievements? When does your past invade the present to take away the things you accomplish? When does your first thought assume that it must be the equipment or a false reading because it cannot be you that reached the goal?