When I was first learning to kayak in Alaska, I was putting everything I had into those strokes. I would pull the paddle deep in the water and push with all my might until I can’t push anymore. I wanted desperately to get from point A to point B as soon as possible.
It was a week into kayaking that my instructor realized that I was paddling more than I needed to. You’re supposed to go just below the water’s surface and only pull the paddle back as far as your hip, then pull it back out. If you keep going with the stroke, you aren’t pushing the kayak anywhere.
It was at that moment that I realized that the way I was going was unsustainable. Pushing so hard for so long was making my muscles sore and it made it extremely hard to paddle those 10 miles nearly every day. I was wasting energy pushing so hard. I was wasting my energy making the stroke go further than it needed to go. I knew I had to make a change.
We talk a lot on here about managing your time and ultimately that goes to how you’re allocating your energy in a day and how you decide to replenish it.
Stop and think for a second.
I know you want to get to that end goal so bad, I know. It seems just out of your reach.
You want to put everything you have into getting there.
But are you paddling too far? Is your stroke unsustainable?
Mine has been lately. I took on a lot and at this point I’m feeling like I just want to push through and succeed as much as possible just to get to point B: college.
It wasn’t until the other night when I was spending some time with my boyfriend and he told me, “you look so dead, I can see it in your eyes, you’re burnt out” that I realized that my stroke was unsustainable.
It was at that point that I had a choice. Now that I know that my stroke is wasting energy, am I going to continue to waste energy? Am I going to keep paddling that way? No. That’d be pretty stupid. Self-sabotage. I need to make a change.
That change in energy is manifesting in my most recent systems analysis: my morning and night routines. I already shared about my morning routine here, and you can look forward to next week’s post featuring my night routine.
How we are choosing to allocate our energy is just as important as where it’s going.
This week, I encourage you to take some time pondering these questions:
I hope this real-life analogy has sparked as much thought in yourself as it has in me.
Sending love and positive vibes from Virginia!