"The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It's your mind you have to convince." -Vince Lombardi
I cannot tell you how many people I've worked with that had a mental impossibility established for their life before they started on their journey to optimal health with me. From running a 5k to doing a push-up, I've talked with people that could have passed a lie detector test with how certain they were about this "impossibility." As a fitness trainer I know that if I can get a person to change the way they think, I will see the entire person change. So this is my goal with every person I help, and I hope these next few minutes of reading inspire you to make a shift in your thinking to discover some of your hidden potential...
Every day there is a war for our minds. The top marketing researchers in the world are studying how to make us live each day impulsively, and not thought-out and in self-control. From commercials of delicious, perfect looking fast food burgers, to commercials showing us what the "perfect" body looks like with no exercise and just sprinkling some magical salt on your carbs. We are in a world selling us fast, sexy products because the business men and women behind them know they will sell to people looking for a quick fix. Okay, I NEED you to hear me for a second...
People looking for a quick fix have yet to discover their true potential. So if there is an area where you're looking for a quick fix, step back and process it. On the other side of the desire for this quick fix is an area in your mind where you believe it's impossible for you to take this challenge head on and be successful.
So it's up to us, if we don't discover our true potential and live in it, nobody can do it for us. We have to take control of our minds and not allow the commercials, advertisements, and the Sonic Happy Hours determine our decision making. We have to start believing that our goals can be achieved, that we can lose weight, get to our optimal weight, and maintain a healthy lifestyle the reminder of our short visit on this earth. We have to truly believe that we are more capable than we could ever imagine...
Here are 3 ways to help make impossible a distant memory in your life:
1) Speak positive words over your life every day.
Find scripture, a motivational quote, or just make up 1-3 sentences and speak it over your life every day. Remember when you speak, every one of your 60-100 trillion cells in your body responds, and every nerve ending in your body responds to the words that come out of your mouth. So choose those words wisely. :)
2) Find a friend who will believe in you and motivate you when you grow weary of doing good.
I cannot stress this enough! There are days when you won't want to exercise, when you won't want to eat healthy, and honestly when you will just want to give up with all of this healthy living stuff. But if we have a friend that will push us in that moment it will snap us out of the funk or potential funk we would fall into. Honestly, this is the most important area to focus on to ensure you finish strong and don't fall into a mindset that says it's "impossible" to live a healthy life.
3) Find a program, and stick to it.
No matter what it is, find something that interests you and stick to it. If you hate running, don't try to become a long distance runner. And if you hate weight training, don't set out to be a bodybuilder. Find something that interests you, have a friend join you on the journey, and no matter what, finish!! I promise that with accountability and consistency, you will surprise yourself and start living in what you believed was impossible with your life.
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." Francis of Assisi
Like always, I pray this has blessed your life. If it has, remember we are blessed to be a blessing, so share it with someone else and be a blessing to them!
Cody Bobay, NASM CPT, PES, CES