The way we see it
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It has taken several books, seminars, and my own experiences, but I am now convinced that achieving our dreams and goals is all in our heads. We are often our own worst enemies, but can also be our biggest proponents if we make a serious mind shift.
I know I sound like a broken record, but a positive mind set can be life changing in so many ways. We notice that our clients who begin with a positive mindset of creating a healthier, more fulfilling life, reach their goals so much quicker than those who focus on negative aspects of what they don't want. They stress about losing a certain amount of weight in a certain amount of time or focus solely on an aesthetic goal of looking a certain way.
This single minded focus, leads to extra stress which equals higher cortisol levels which equals lots of lovely belly fat. This becomes a viscous cycle which ultimately leads to feelings of defeat and a return to old, bad habits.
There needs to be a serious paradigm shift. Becoming the best version of ourselves can be a long process. I am constantly saying "slow and steady wins the race." We all want to feel great in our own skin and wake up with energy and zest to make the best of every day. This does not happen over night, but is possible when you make it a point to envision the best version of yourself in the most positive light.
In the book, Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz, M.D., F.I.C.S, the following passage hit home with me.
"Picture yourself vividly as defeated and that alone will make victory impossible. Picture yourself vividly as winning and that alone will contribute immeasurably to success. Great living starts with a picture, held in your imagination, of what you would like to do or be." This helps to explain why our vision board night was such an enjoyable evening. We all walked away with a picture of what we wanted for ourselves.
This is often the missing link for many of us. We think we know what we want and how to get it, but we want it right away with minimal amount of work. When Paul signed me up for my first CrossFit competition, I had myself completely psyched out and was envisioning the worst possible scenarios(throwing up, dying, etc.) I didn't want to train as hard as I needed to and wanted to snap my fingers and be miraculously fit and strong. Didn't happen. I got scared, but luckily I found a work out partner who pushed me past my limits and I started envisioning myself crushing the workouts and my determination grew. Ultimately, I was so happy I got out of my comfort zone, envisioned myself as a competitive athlete and became mentally stronger. Little did I know that I was going to need that mental strength down the road.
Whether you have been on a fitness journey for a while or are just beginning your journey, remember that exercising and feeding your self wholesome foods is only a small part of a successful journey. You need to picture yourself at the finish line celebrating small successes along the way. I worked out 3 days this week! I tried a new vegetable and liked it! I rolled and mobilized 2 days this week! I am fixing my knees! My pants fit a little better! I spent 15 min of every day this week outside soaking up some vitamin D! I ate really well today!
Celebrate your accomplishments and let us know what little steps you have taken to better your health! Remember, it's never too late to start your own health journey and you never know who you will inspire or motivate along the way. I am blessed to be surrounded by so many people who never cease to amaze me! But, it all starts with you setting your mind to what you want and seeing yourself achieving your goals. Get moving and don't look back!