If you're like me, the quest to be in shape and manage weight feels overwhelming at times. And, as if the quest to be fit isn't hard enough, there's often other obstacles to overcome: health issues, time management, mustering up courage or energy. Even if you've been exercising for a long time, there's always new barriers to be broken.
So, how do you put all of this into perspective?
ook, I'm no different than anyone else, I struggle to overcome obstacles like anyone else. So I thought it would befitting to sit down and come up with a couple of principles if-you-will, that we can utilize when things get tough.
Principle #1 Move Into The Fear
"Train you mind to believe no mountain is too high or any goal is too difficult to attain," is a quote I once heard. Basically, it's all about meeting your fears and facing them head-on. This principle, aims to recognize your fears, acknowledge them and then move on. Ask yourself, what is it that makes you uncomfortable? Have you let yourself get out of shape and are afraid you'll never get back? Do you have an injury that's caused you to be afraid of your body? If you can visualize creatively, then you can put your fears in check. See your self as you'd like to be.
So the question is, what is your body saying to you?
Principle #2 Trust Your Intuition
It is important when overcoming obstacles and learning to break through barriers that you begin to listen to the small voice of your body. In most cases, we all like the comfort of having someone tell us what we can and cannot do. Think about that a minute, if this were not true, why would we listen to news outlets give us health information? This is not to say that the good opinion of others is not important, but ultimately the decision making comes from within.
When facing a challenge or an obstacle, look to how you feel. What are your instincts telling you? Often it is simply your instinct that will move you into a new mindset and raise your consciousness.
Principle #3 Don’t Leave Anything On The Table
At the end of the day, do you really want to be lying in bed thinking “I should have done more”? Not me, that's for darn sure. So make a deal with yourself starting today. From now on give it your all and make everyday greater than the last. Focus on the today and not the tomorrow.
Fear can be debilitating, but what can be worse than that, is knowing you could have done something you know and then not do it. Look, I know life happens, but lets get real for a minute. If you can't spend 30-45 minutes to get your work out in because your television show is on, then there are more problems going on there than just being lazy.
Don't go out like a punk and spend your days doing the same thing you did the day before or even the week before. You could be doing something different, trying new things, or starting new projects. You could be challenging yourself to break personal records and making new goals.
This isn't just about fitness any more, this is about everything you do in life.
When you've faced your fears and pushed your boundaries to the edges, what then? Well, it's time to find new mountains to climb my friends. This is one of the many things that makes life fun. I know that there will be days that you'll need to stay in bed. It's those times when you are with your thoughts, those are the times when you will decide what to set your sights on next.
We so often look to the media for these sources and so often they are illusory. There are "real" people everywhere doing great things...look around you. Learn from them. Choose someone you look up to, admire, or of whom you appreciate their values.
Set goals, climb mountains!
Set intention in motion and enjoy the healthy process.