We are each the authors of our lives. Through our thoughts and our beliefs, we write ourselves into being. We are all conditioned to think or believe a certain way or in a certain something. Our conditioning is based on countless things, such as our past, our social and economic upbringing, just to name a few.
Our conditioning makes up the very fiber of who we are and how we function in our day to day world. And so we go on with our lives, often without much concern about where our story began and who wrote it. Very few people are aware of this hidden mechanism, even though it’s happening ALL the time, with all of us. Have you ever jumped to conclusions without having all of the information? If so, you’re not alone. Every day, we make up our own remarkable stories. “I’m too young,” "I'm too old," “I’m too fat,” or “I don’t know enough.” Sound familiar? Your thoughts are more common than you think. These stories aren’t simply inaccurate; they’re destructive. They’re outdated, limited belief systems that we like to repeat to ourselves and others over and over again until, hopefully, someone believes them.
They are the defenses behind all of our words and actions. Our justifications for who we are and why we behave the way we do. They are the invisible forces that run our lives. Our stories are the excuses we use to explain away the condition of our lives. We think they keep us safe by shielding us from the questions and judgements of others; but when you stop and look and listen, you’ll realize the uncomfortable truth. THEY ARE NOT REAL!
If we are the authors of our lives, then we are also the editors. At any point, we can choose to take action and rewrite our story. When you re-write your stories through actions that help you get to where you want to go, that is when you begin to let go of the weakest part of yourself and let your true self shine. In fitness, that comes in the form of pushups, pull-ups, squats, dips, and new nutrition plans. It’s from the physical that an external change takes place, like losing weight and looking better.
However, as many of you reading this know, it’s the internal feeling of accomplishment and conquering challenges that allows us to reach our goals. It’s the internal release of what is no longer serving you and replacing it with the possibility of who you can be. The possibility of who we can be, combined with confidence and self-worth, fills us up. It makes us stronger than we thought possible.
Realize that you have choices, rather than falling into default mode. Your life at the end is the completed painting, but before that, it is completely moldable, ready for you to step up and create something new. Don’t just sidestep feeling like the victim, you want to see problems as potential lessons to learn. Regardless of your story, it is still a narrative and, like a painting, it can be changed. Will changing the story bring you all that you want? Not necessarily. But it will cast you and your life in different roles that are less trapped, less stressed, less anxious. Your story can become the blueprint for your life — the starting point, the vision that may or may not come to be. But without the vision or the blueprint, nothing creative happens.
It’s never too late to be who you really want to be. You can change or stay the same; there are no rules to it. We hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you are not, we hope you have the strength to start all over again and re write your story, cause it’s never too late!.”
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