An Adventures Mind
Somehow we’ve made it halfway through the year. As runners and as general nature lovers, we’ve been pondering on what keeps us motivated during this time. Our quick and dirty answer? Curiosity.
Now, curious about what, you might ask? A variety of things, actually. We are curious about our own potential, about what our limits are and about what a certain experience might feel like. Have you ever stopped to think “what if”? Even before this pandemic we were curious but now that races are cancelled and we have to find ways to train close to home, that thing that still looms in the back of our minds, never faltering, is curiosity.
A curious mind is one that wants to learn, gain more knowledge, and even challenge currently held beliefs or preconceived notions.
So, let’s figure out how we can get there by starting with open-mindedness. Open-mindedness is a characteristic that involves being receptive to a wide variety of ideas and information. Open-minded individuals look for information that challenges their own beliefs, preventing rigid mindsets like confirmation bias or assumptions. The result is seeing more alternatives and more paths that you can take to get where you want to go. When you are just as eager to find out what you don’t know as you are to find more data to enhance what you do know, you will grow as an athlete and as a person.
Next, try to separate your ego. With a curious mind, knowledge and learning trump outcomes. Interesting, right? As runners (when races are happening) we tend to focus on results. But, curious athletes recognize that the journey to excellence requires perfecting the process. Just like the journey to health and wellness. From that standpoint, failure is perceived as feedback on what worked, what didn’t, and how to do better next time. When your ego or identity isn’t tied to results, you’re willing to take more calculated risks or attempt harder things. When you’re too connected to your results, mental and emotional energy tends to go towards preserving your ego rather than challenging your limitations.
Curiousness enhances positive emotions and helps to reduce stress and anxiety. When you are curious, you are more resourceful, often looking at what you can do with what you have versus fixating on what you’re lacking.
Are you hearing us here? While we are still in partial lockdown, there is still a lot we CAN do right now and we want to encourage you to be open minded, to separate your ego and to be curious. Once you allow yourself to do that, you will cultivate the urge for adventure, and likely learn a little about yourself along the way too.
Katrina and Jenny
Pacific Pine Running Co.
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