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Returning to Happiness

Returning to Happiness


It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

I think I finally understand what this quote means. Happiness remains the most cherished yet elusive of all human desires. If you do not step outside the door, you will never know where life might take you. Hold onto that…and make the decision every day to “step out”

So when you achieve your goals things can take a bit of a tailspin. You don’t feel like training or even just running – you have the blues…

To get back on that horse you need to decide what makes you happy in life? Why do you get up in the morning?

Are you like me and set that alarm for 4:45 am but keep hitting snooze? Have you become so obsessed with running that it has taken over all aspects of your life? Every weekend you are running a race? And now you feel demotivated?

I can identify with you because this was where I was, when I reached my goal last year. It’s funny how fast 5 months can pass, isn’t it?

When you find yourself stuck in this mess with no motivation think back to what makes you happy, and focus on that.

Happiness is not a life without worries or struggles. Happiness is the robust sense of fulfilment one feels when bravely confronting hardship. It is that elevation of the spirit, like an airplane gaining lift from the air resistance against its wings.

I relaxed and let go of the pressure part of training. I started by listening to my body. If I wanted to run, I did. If I wanted to do some kettlebells, I did. If I wanted to ride my mountain bike, I did. If I wanted to do nothing, I surely did.

The psychology of motivation and happiness is complex ….

So the things I learned in this period;
• Find out what makes you happy and do that…easy right?
• Take the pressure off yourself and relax.
• Join a group and surround yourself with like-minded people.
• Give back to people!
• Let go of structure and just roll.

In this period I discovered many things about myself. I found out I love mountain biking and that this combined with running is what I love to do.

This makes me happy!

Giving back to others is great and I am coaching two athletes and taking them through their discovery of trail and mountain running.

I have started running with a group at work which keeps me motivated.

I have let go of any form of running structure.

So go out there and find out what makes you happy…AND DO THAT!


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Pieter Steyn

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Big Dreamer...Loving Husband to a beautiful wife :) Runner and Wannabee UltraRunner! Takes life too seriously.
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