Thursday, June 26, 2014

It's Not Always About Performing...

Performance is a word that's been floating around me over the past few weeks so...

Seeing that I'm in a town that is currently thriving on the performing arts...

I'm going to take this as an opportunity to share my thoughts on the notion of performance when...

It comes to healthy living and...

Life in and of itself. (I think there may be multiple posts on this subject, but let's start with this one here...for now.)

I have to show this goose who's the leading star of this performance ;)

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Think of life as a stage and...

You are the director.

Heck...

You're even the leading star of the show....

The star of your own performance, really, and...

You have the ability to write your own script (and re-write, if need be) and...

Learn from every single scene and act you are in. (If you so choose to open yourself up to the lessons to be learned!)

FUrthermore...

As you go on performing...

It's up to you to shine as bright as you will have it and...

Do what you can when you can to keep that glowing presence alive.

There are no lines to memorize and, there are no characters you need to embody other than...

You, yourself, as you are.

**With respect to doing what you can when you can, this is meant to say that you don't always have to give your best performance in order to shine.We all need time to breathe, rest and, time to re-focus in order to truly understand our direction...and essentially, how to better our performance, and/or keep it just the way we like it which, will make us shine brighter, really. We all have batteries that need re-charging so, expecting to always give your best performance is somewhat unrealistic. So, if that means we need  to call for intermission and go behind the curtains to breathe , that's okay. Don't feel the need to always push yourself because you risk having that light burn out. Do what you can when you can in order to keep that light shining.**

Of course...

As you go on, performing...

There will be ups, downs, and turnarounds but...

In all of it...

There will be lessons.

Lessons to be learned in your story and...

Lessons that can and will eventually turn into teachings for you to share...

With your audience. (Your surroundings)

My audience has been a captive one over the past few days ;)

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So how does this relate to healthy living? Let's take running as an example.

As I've been running on the regular as of late...

Performing is something I've been doing, in waves.

This photo might be a little dramatic for the point I'm trying to make.

In other words...

Sometimes...

My focus is to get out and perform;

Perform up to an expectation I've set out for myself...

Sweet!
While, other times...

My focus is simply to forget any of these expectations and...

Simply....

Get out there and enjoy what it is I'm doing instead of spending my time...

Thinking that my performance is the most important thing of all.

Because it's not.

Sometimes...
I have no focus at all other than to savour what there is right in front of me.

Of course...

I want to give my best performance and improve as I go along but...

My best isn't always what's required needed from me.

I mean...

If I'm always spending my time performing then...

When am I able to take it easy? (Rehearse. Practice. Take time to breathe. Slow it down...)

If anything...

I've learned that...

I don't always need to perform, give it my all and push(Because my all isn't always something I have to give, and that's okay...I recognize that I need the time to bring it down a notch. I don't want to stop enjoying the act of running because there is this pressure to always give my best performance.)


So, with all of that being said...

I'm going to continue to run along and...

Simply soak in the lessons to be learned with every stride I take knowing that...

I'm the lead runner in this performance of mine. (And I don't need to perform for anyone else but me!)

It's my show to applaud.
And...
I totally applauded this performance of mine that was seemingly breathless.
No intention. No goal. And perhaps my fastest pace this year.

Question FU You...

Do you always feel the need to perform when it comes to life  fitness, everything? Do you place a certain pressure upon yourself in order to meet your performing expectations?
Do you feel we are in a culture that thrives on performing all.the.time?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

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21 comments:

  1. you know me
    IM PROBABLY TOO TOO KIND AND GENTLE TO ME.

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    1. And that is a lesson right there. Be kinder, gentler.

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  2. AHHHH I love this! Have missed your posts, they make me feel so special. I am often too hard on myself, and your posts remind me to cherish those things my body has achieved, it is the star of its own show....with no standards of anyone else to live up to! Thanks for always being a shining star :)

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  3. AMEN.. I'm way too hard on myself and I always feel that PUSH. I'm working on it....

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  4. Love this post (I think I say that a lot). I am super Type A perfectionist personality. I think you probably know how that goes down. Over performing?

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    1. Great food for thought. When we continuously push ourselves, this lead us to over-perform more often than not..which can be exhausting in the end..yes? We need to learn to put on the breaks, and slow it down.

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  5. There was definitely a time in my life when I was all about performing all the time but that has changed as I've gotten older. There is a time and place but there is also a time and place for just going...enjoying the process and slowing down. Great post.

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  6. I tend to always put high goals on my list... but I'm ok with falling short knowing that I went for it. That being said, do that too many times and you can find yourself in a funk (like I am in right now). I'm working on building back up my base and confidence. Sometimes we need to take a step back (like the goose).

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  7. i do, but i am realizing that striving towards everything gets me nowhere. Instead, i (we) should focus on the natural abilities and thrive off that, yes?

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    1. Just go with the natural flow. I often run with heart...knowing what feels most natural and what pushes it. I like to balance the two...but heart is always in. Does that make any sense?

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  8. I love this Kierston!!!! I have been pushing myself for 30++ years & finally getting to a point of this! I love reading all your posts on this & glad you learned young!

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  9. I do think that I always try to over perform, or at least improve, in not just running, but everything. This sometimes puts too much stress on me.

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  10. I definitely do feel the pressure to perform and I know that I place a lot of that pressure on myself to do it. And I love what LIndsay wrote above about thriving off our natural abilities. Love this post.

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    1. Placing less pressure on ourselves to perform I believe can bring out the best results..unintentionally...naturally :)

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  11. I feel like there is always a pressure to be on! And lately I've realized that the pressure doesn't come just from me. Unknowingly, family and friends have great expectations so it's tough to be ok with NOT performing. Great post Kierston.

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  12. I am definitely an over-performer, but I love this way of looking at it. I think I would enjoy half marathons if I weren't so concerned about finishing in a specific time. I need to adjust my script!

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  13. Running makes it hard not to want to perform, since you can always compare to previous runs when you have all that data. You're right, you need the runs where you push and then some that are nice and easy. Great analogy for life, too!

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  14. I live life like I am the main star in my own show. At least that is what my husband says. Sometimes I get out there and run and want to go IN and other times I am out there just enjoying myself and fellowshipping. Either way I am active. #fitnessfriday

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  15. So true! There are times I am constantly performing, during the school year ( I am a teacher) I am performing in the classroom, and on the track (as a runner). During the summer is my chance to just be without any performances.

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  16. Great post, and this is something I think everyone does. It's kind of hard not to even if we ourselves are the ones putting the pressure onto us.

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  17. I know for a fact I put too much pressure on myself to 'perform' in all aspects of my life. I have people in my life who encourage me but not pressure me, but there are also people who I feel pressure me. I have found myself drifting from those, as it doesn't make for the healthiest of relationships.

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