I had to learn the way to set a default position for my mind so I could run (or achieve anything) all year round

A person is running on a snow covered road in the woods.
A person is running on a snow covered road in the woods.
Photo by Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash

Maintaining any year-round goal was hard for me, and it’s especially so when it’s linked to health, weight loss, and fitness. Somehow I was always bargaining, scheming, and bribing the person I was into becoming the person I wanted to be. This was how it was for me when I started running until I learned a few tricks to keep going.

Building a habit is one thing, and maintaining it through all life’s challenges is another. But it has taught me a lot about achieving my goals not just in running, but in life in general.

Have you ever noticed how some people just seem able to do something without any effort? No doubts. No questions. Just action. For them it’s easy. …


The Science of What helps and Doesn’t

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Photo Dimitris Vetsikas on Pixabay

When I started meditating over 10 years ago I wanted the Big E. That’s Enlightenment. The full on Gold Medal of Olympic Spirituality. I chose meditation as my method to achieve it. I call this the ‘Positive Crisis’ of meditation, the one you come to that will make you into a more attractive Human 2.0.

I can tell you already that I failed and was always going to fail because there was a lot about meditation, and even more about myself, I did not know.

The next time I approached meditation was after a very stressful time in my life. I’d had a bad break up. I didn’t know where I was heading in life. These were feelings I wanted to get rid of. I refer to this ‘wanting to be rid of’ as a ‘Negative Crisis’ of meditation. …


It started with chest pains. Then I chose running for a very simple reason: zero barriers.

Man running up a hill.
Man running up a hill.
Not over the hill yet (Photo: Dom Gould)

This year I started running in celebration of my 40th birthday. Up until this point, I Hated running. That capital H is on purpose. At school when the season for Cross Country Running came, I rarely finished the distance being told to head back early or I wouldn’t make it to the next class on time. Running for me was defined by bitter cold days outside, pain, and embarrassment. So you might wonder what would make someone want to relive such bad memories decades later.

It all started with chest pains. I had a very stressful job, inclusive of an aggressive bullying manager. With 40 creeping closer I noticed a shortness of breath and occasional sharp chest pains that interrupted my thoughts. I visited my doctor, had an ECG, some blood tests, and was given a clean bill of health. Next, I spoke to my HR department about this manager and asked for some changes. …

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Ashley Sandeman

I write about business, culture, fitness, watches, and daily life, based in Bristol UK.

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