Here’s something to ponder- the thoughts that float through your mind on a day to day basis are not your thoughts. They are THE mind. Not your mind. The mind. Sounds simplistic, but one thing to realize is that thoughts don’t hurt you. It’s your attachment to them which creates a strong enough emotion that may hurt you.
Why is this important and how does it relate to your fitness and overall wellness? Well, the moment you start to identify with the thoughts about how you're overweight, out of shape, and have no time for anything because you're a busy parent, that's the moment you turn your biggest asset against you. The mind.
All beliefs carry with them consequences.
The chokehold is your psychology. If you attach to your thoughts, you start to believe them. Thoughts aren’t necessarily facts. Most of them are assumptions.
The financial stress of money brings on many stressful assumptions that you won’t have enough to pay rent or put food on the table.
Now, how many people throughout history do you think has had those thoughts? Too many to count. Often times, the thoughts that worry us are simply thoughts of the mind.
Worry is not the problem, because simply eliminating worry is an impossible thing to do. The act of worrying allows our brain to think through problems of life.
The question is, are you being resourceful and actually doing solution based thinking when worry hits. Or, are you passively going down that rabbit hole of victimization and 'woe is me' thinking.
Hang around a person that smiles, makes jokes and shows genuine interest in you. It’s nearly impossible to not feel good. Now, go on a walk with someone who is sharing the daily news and talking about the end of the world as we know it.
I think all of us know both of these types of people, and most of us would much rather spend our precious time with that individual who brings out the best in us. A person that doesn't trigger our fears, but rather engages our sense of hope.
Feeding the stressful thoughts encourages the “Someday” syndrome.
- Some day, when I have enough money….
- Someday, when I have more time…
- Someday, when I find the right connection…
- Someday, when politics are more stable…
- Someday, when I lose the weight and have the body….
The someday syndrome is a direct result of believing your stressful thoughts and attaching it to your identity.
When it comes to your fitness, how do you identify yourself? Are you the, "Oh, I'm just lazy; not athletic; it's not in my genes; too busy with work" kind of person?
Or do you become resourceful when the mind starts to play tricks on you, and you tell yourself:
"Yes, I'm busy with other aspects of my life, but I know for certain that my exercise routine will boost me physically, mentally and emotionally and I'll be better for it, so I'm not going to skip out. Even if it means doing 5 minutes of an activity".
The strongest force in our personality is the need to stay consistent in how we define ourselves. If you're consistently putting negative labels on yourself, you start to believe it and become it. The same goes for the opposite. Believe in a positive you. Believe in a dedicated and disciplined you. Believe in the transformational you.
That's when breakthroughs happen. And no, you're not too old for those.
Keep training smart.
Committed to your health,