Taking 10,000 Steps Over 2400 Miles
Born from a longing to end perfectionist tendencies and the “start tomorrow” mindset, the #wycwyc movement reminds us doing what we can when we can is enough. There is no starting over, no magic day of the week, no throwing away the day. By doing what we can when we can we will reach our goals.
Doing something is ALWAYS better than doing nothing and Incremental shifts add up to change over time.
I took this WYCWYC message to heart when I had to spend last Saturday getting home from my business trip to California.
I had spent the day before sitting in an all day meeting, and was dreading another day of sitting at airports in between sitting on airplanes. I decided to do what I could when I could, and kicked off my efforts by walking to the Starbucks that was about 1/3 mile from my hotel.
When I got through security at my first airport of the day with over an hour to kill before my flight, I decided to walk from one end of the terminal to the other. My efforts were rewarded by this art installation at Gate 1:
Rolling Ball Sculpture by George Rhoads at SJC
I also came across several free health assessment machines during my walk. When I still had time to spare and saw one near my gate, I decided to see how I measured up.
Of course, the numbers are just rough estimates,
but at least there were no unpleasant surprises.
When I landed at at my second airport of the day and saw that my next flight was delayed, I decided to walk from one end of the terminal to the other again. I didn’t encounter any more fun art installations, but I did enjoy lots of people watching along the way.
When I landed at my final destination, my only goal was to get home, but it still took many steps to get from the plane to my car.
Red bars: Starbucks, Airport 1, Airport 2, Airport 3
When I got home, I was pleased to see how well my WYCWYC efforts paid off, even when I spent over 7 hours of the day with my seatbelt fastened.
Does perfectionism hold you back from doing what you can when you can?
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