Expectations. They are so important to understand and manage. There is nothing worse than expecting (and planning for) one thing and then as soon as you are half way into things, you realize that everything has changed.
Apparently I am not a very adaptive person. Changing my perfectly laid plans, mid-plan completion, is basically the end of the world for me. But am I really that rigid? Take this morning, for example. I decided I wanted to go for a run. Gorgeous day and I was feeling energetic. In my head I thought "let's do the usual Pilgrim's loop (the street near my house is called Pilgrim's way and it loops around, so I call it Pilgrim's loop. Makes sense right?)." So am I am nearing the end of my usual loop I decide that it is so nice out, that why not push myself today and run for a bit longer.
My expectations were that I was going to do the usual run, but in a snap I decided I would switch it up and go a bit further. Now to you that may seem silly. That isn't really a bit change where someone would need to adapt to, or change their expectations of things in a major way. But, perception is in the eye of the beholder. To me, that change, mid-activity, was a bit of a big step. It meant that I could change my mind and be ok with it.
What's the total game changer? Letting someone else change their mind and being ok with it. That's not as easy as deciding to run a bit further.
One of the reasons why I decided to run for longer today was the gorgeous sunshine. It was starting to get hot out, but I figured I should take advantage of the beautiful weather and push myself a little bit. When I got home, the only thing on my mind was something cool. Something icy, something blended, and something coffee. I find ice to be kind of a magical thing.
Take a nice, big, sip. Ah.
Frozen Mocha Protein Shake
1 cup coffee
3 cups ice
1-2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 scoop protein powder
1. Blend coffee, ice and cocoa powder together.
2. Once combined (and the drink is cold) add the protein powder and blend until smooth.