“I am so out of shape- I’ll never look like I used to”, “Uggh- I am really fat. It’s going to take me forever to lose this weight”, ‘Who would ever want this old worn out body”?
Do any of these statements sound familiar? Have you ever had this self talk? I have heard remarks such as these quite frequently over the years. Unfortunately, these types of thoughts and self talk will negatively influence your actions as well.
A great deal of emphasis is given on the physical aspect of getting in shape- but what about the mental side of it? If you have mental blocks, limitations, etc. then it doesn’t matter if you have the best workout in the world. Thinking is a very powerful form of energy. Thought waves are cosmic waves that penetrate all time and space.
I listen to a variety of speakers and one of them includes Bob Proctor. After listening to one of his talks on the power of thought- I had this idea to apply it towards fitness.
Here is some fascinating information about thoughts that I noted from Bob Proctor:
Power of Thought
- Everything that has come into our life we have attracted
- Thinking is the most powerful force in the Universe
- Your mind is an electronic switching station
- What you repeatedly think becomes fixed in your sub-conscious mind
- Our thoughts travel at a rate of 186 thousand miles per second.
- Our thoughts travel 930 thousand times faster than the sound of our voice.
- It is a proven fact scientifically that the mind is a battery force-the greatest of any known element.
Here are 5 components of thought that can drive your behavior in a positive direction.
On the surface this seems like a no brainer. Visualize what you want and it will happen. It’s not always this easy. Visualization involves being able to use as many of your senses as you can to think about where you want to be fitness wise. Let’s say you want to lose 35 lbs- your visualization could include seeing yourself in a specific gym at your ideal weight. You see every detail including your six pack- and you can see the perspiration that is beading on your forehead. You smell the sweat at the gym and you taste the water that you are drinking after your hard core workout. You visualize yourself grabbing the weights and lifting like a rock star. Your sub-conscious mind doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what isn’t. (Hence the reason scary movies can freak us out so bad). When you place this visual in your head often enough, your subconscious mind will start taking the lead to make it happen.
Your Life Reflects Your Thoughts
Where you are now is a result of every action you’ve taken in your life which is influenced directly by your thoughts. The sooner you take accountability for your own actions and how they’ve affected your life the better. It’s not the winds fault that you didn’t go for your run, it’s not your nagging significant others’ fault that you didn’t make it to the gym, and it’s not your work’s fault that you sit home on your butt all weekend.
“Mind is the master power that molds and makes and man is mind and evermore he takes the tool of thought and shaping what he wills, bring forward a thousand joys or a thousand ills. We think in secret and it comes to pass our environment is but our looking glass”~ quoted by Bob Proctor
Could you imagine going on a road trip across the U.S. without a map and a destination? The same goes for trying to reach a goal. To make achieving a goal easier, you must write it down and it must be specific. One way that is fairly common knowledge is the SMART acronym. Simple, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound.
Here is an example: I will lose 30 lbs by December 31 by going to the I am FIT gym 4 times a week and doing 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of lifting.
Your goal doesn’t need to be perfect- just make sure it has these components. I know for me by having goals it is motivating and keeps my thoughts positive. When doubting Thomas creeps in, all I have to do is think of my goal and I’m back on track.
This sounds cliche doesn’t it? However, dreaming is very important to your overall thought process and the actions you take. It’s different from visualization because dreaming is not about one thing. With dreaming, you let your mind wander and think of the best possibilities and what will make you the happiest.
Try this activity though to see how easy it is for you to dream big. Take a piece of paper and write down everything you would do in the next week if you had a million dollars. Just let your mind go! Okay, now be honest. Was this difficult to do? Did you stop yourself when you thought of taking a vacation to Spain or driving a new Corvette? Now on a fitness note, perhaps you could dream about all the places you are going to go backpacking once you reach certain mileage and elevation milestones. Did someone say Appalachian Trail?
The subconscious mind is where all of your beliefs are held. Think of it like you would a recording device. Except it has recorded everything since the day you were born. Positive, negative, it’s all there. If you grew up in a home where you were constantly criticized and put down then this could lead to thoughts of self-doubt and feelings of unworthiness. In this instance, your life of being out of shape has reflected your thoughts of you thinking that you are not good enough.
By writing and saying positive affirmations, you can combat the thoughts that keep you from getting fit. Refuse to accept your self talk that you can never lose weight or get to 10 push ups. You CAN start working out at any age and get in the best shape of your life. For proof of this, check out my article on Ernestine Shepherd.
What you think ultimately produces the results in your life. Visualization, taking accountability, writing your goals down, dreaming big and using positive affirmations are all thought components that if used correctly can take you to an entirely new level of fitness and experiences.
It is how you think that will dictate what your body is going to do. We know our actions produce our results. If we want to change our results we must change our actions. To change our actions, we must change our thoughts. Being fit goes way beyond just having a nice body- it affords you a lifestyle of freedom, adventure, and happiness.
Now- it’s your turn! I would love to hear your thoughts about… thoughts! Please leave your comments below.
Have an amazing day!