Do you trust yourself? Most of us don't ask that question too often as we naturally tend to think that we all do. What many of us don't realize is that your level of self-trust can be different about different things. You may trust your instincts and yourself in some things, like driving your car or caring for pets, for example. But what about when it comes to making big commitments or decisions? Do you trust your intuition and reasoning to make decisions that are actually yours and makeYOU happy and not someone else?
In recent years term average has become somewhat of an insult when applied to a person. No one wants to be called average!Yet a lot of people don’t realize that the lives most of us live every day, the jobs we are holding, the successes we are celebrating are not that special at all. They are just average. Not good, and not bad, just not that unusual. In fact, there is nothing wrong with being average if your dreams lie somewhere between having a decent paying job and someday starting a family.
Where do you get your motivation from? What is that feeling of determination you experience when you are about to start something new? In the beginning of any new adventure, like starting a new training program, for example, sheer excitement is usually motivation in itself. Everything in the beginning is challenging but almost always immediately rewarding. Every day you get a little better and continue mastering movement patterns that usually lead to even more improvements. After a certain period of time, however, things can become stale. Perhaps, you have achieved your original goals, or maybe you have reached somewhat of a plateau. Or maybe the newness has just worn off? The question then becomes, where did all that motivation go? Why did it become so much more difficult to stick to your regime and continue with your fitness program?
Whenever we are faced with adversity we naturally tend to become overwhelmed with emotions. What allows us to jump back to our life is something we call resilience. Resilience is common to all people, we are all able to bounce back to some level of normalcy.Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress. Being resilient does not mean we do not feel sad or angry or uncertain. Quite the opposite; being resilient means we can take all these emotions we are experiencing, process them and become stronger and more adapted to whatever the life wants to throw our ways.
Are you struggling with staying focused throughout your workouts? It is easy to get distracted when your phone is sending you notifications every five seconds and a buddy you are working out with just loves to chat. Or, perhaps, you have an important day at work ahead of you and you can’t stop thinking about it. Whatever is going on in your life, falling victim to distractions in the gym means you’re not only losing the important mental state that promotes muscle growth, but also the most precious thing you have in your life: time. If you are anything like us, you know how juggling work, business, obligations and family matters can be a tough game. Now add to the list your workouts, meal prep, sleep and time to rest. What are we left with? Basically, nothing.
Quit eating junk food, smoking, staying up late. Get more workouts in, spend quality time with family… These sound familiar, don’t they?
What separates people like Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mark Zuckerberg from the rest of us? We believe many would agree, it is the vision they had for themselves. Truth is, they are no different than anyone else in the world; they had their fair share of struggles and failures, but despite their setbacks they’d managed to become big time game changers in their fields of interests. If you have a vision, a passion or a dream within your heart, you are no different from anyone who has achieved uncommon success. You too can become a game changer. The “game” is different for each person. What is it that you want to change? Perhaps you want to lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle. Do you want to break familial patterns of alcoholism or addiction or improve the relationships in your life? Do you want to build a business empire that would give thousands of people job security? Or maybe you just want to live life on your own terms. The game is whatever you want it to be, and you are the one who can change it.
How many times in your life have you told yourself that you wished you’d started that business, gotten in a better shape, built better relationships? We all want something, whether it is a new job, healthier eating habits or simply a more positive outlook on life. Have you ever considered what may have been stopping you from achieving all these goals? Sure it could be that you are busy or lack perfect genetics, or, perhaps, you feel that you don’t have any support from those around you. Truth is, what separates you from anyone who’s ever made a name for themselves is their decision to actually work for their dreams. Ever heard a saying that it takes 20 years to make an overnight success? Nothing in life worth pursuing comes in easy; and nothing ever comes in fast. When you look at someone whose life inspires you, be sure to also read about those years when they were a hungry no one with an idea in mind that nobody cared about. Read about how many times they had to hear no for an answer, and how many times they had failed before they became “an overnight success.” When you keep telling yourself your dreams are unachievable, all you are really saying is that you don’t want to walk the extra mile or dedicate yourself fully.