Have you ever wondered why some people seem to easily reach their goals while the rest of us keep struggling with the same obstacles over and over again?
We all have ways in which we want to change. We want to drop 10lbs, or gain 10lbs of muscle, and look good naked.
Then life starts to happen and we make excuses.
Maybe you have kids, a family, or a job that takes up a lot of your time. And maybe you, too, have fallen into the pitfall of making excuses to justify why you’re not reaching your fitness goals.
Exactly, what is stopping us?
Like a lot of people, I’ve struggled with my weight since childhood. It wasn’t until my mid-20’s that I finally dropped 60lbs and kept it off for 13 years.
But it’s not as simple as just eating better and exercising more like a lot of trainers say. The journey starts in our mind.
There’s a quote by Gandhi that I love so much I tattooed it on my body:
“Your beliefs become your thoughts.
Your thoughts become your words.
Your words become your actions.
Your actions become your habits.
Your habits become your values.
Your values become your destiny.”
In short, your thoughts create your reality.
We can’t simply tell ourselves to act different. (That’d be too easy!)
The average person has over 60,000 thoughts a day. It’s easy to fall into a habit of talking negatively to yourself – especially when there is so much opportunity and no one to stop us!
Your thoughts are so powerful that they have the ability to change your life immediately. To do that, you have to be aware of what you’re thinking so that you can start to change how you’re thinking.
If you change the way you think, you can change your behavior. Your actions will align so that reaching your goals becomes attainable.
Growing up I was overweight because I didn’t believe I could be fit & athletic.
Every time I joined a gym or started another diet, I would always fail to make it a lifestyle change because my beliefs about my health weren’t aligned with it.
I’ve learned to create change, you have to start with DOING NOTHING. Don’t try to change your habits. Don’t try to change your diet, or add in a bunch of exercise you know you won’t stick to.
Instead, start with noticing your thoughts. Notice how you feel when you are doing something not in alignment with your goals.
Then ask yourself, “WHY?” Why do you believe these thoughts? And maybe ask yourself, “Why” a few times to get layers deep to the real reason.
So many of us self-sabotage our efforts in changing ourselves because we don’t believe we deserve change.
It was my belief of feeling unworthy of receiving love that was stopping me from taking care of myself. So many women suffer from this. It’s your typical “helper” personality. It seems selfish for this type of person to spend time or money on themselves because they don’t feel worthy. Instead, they try to take care of everyone around them. This is dangerous, as it will burn you out.
They only way to change your behavior is to change your belief about that behavior.
You get to choose your beliefs. Overtime, your beliefs will morph. This allows you to easily take action. And it starts with paying attention to thoughts.
But don’t believe me. I didn’t come up with this. This is something that has been taught by many great teachers for YEARS!
What are you going to chose to believe?