Media and marketing have made their message clear that if you want to change your body, you need to do physical things like exercise, eat healthily and sleep (recover). However all those physical activities are driven by our internal world first before they are manifest physically, and if these 4 attributes are not thriving within you, it doesn’t matter what you do physically.
It’s all part of the Personal Creation Sequence that I’ve created to help my clients understand how their inner-environment creates their physical reality. I’ve found from personal experience that creating a positive physical change in your body requires you to have mastered these 4 attitudes.
I’ll start with the hardest one first. Growth and change require time. Period! I’ve shared that you can’t plant a seed in the ground and rip it up one week later demanding fruit. The world has shaped us to believe that success is fast and easy. Sorry, I won’t get a lot of likes for this, but it takes time and work. There is a divine timing in all things that grow and you can’t demand it to speed up or slow down.
The two things I really suggest is that you forget time or deadlines in improving your physique and focus on the work that needs to be done. Change is a byproduct of work and since you can’t change time, there is no point focusing on trying to achieve something in the shortest amount of time possible.
If your value is invested in looking good by a certain time then you’re really going to be frustrated for most of your journey… if you last. Invest your energy in being patient with yourself and with the process and let the work naturally move you along.
Your actions are a reflection of your attitude and beliefs. Optimism isn’t a shallow happiness/positivity outlook, it’s the surety that you can achieve what you envision and from that confidence, you act to bring it about. Whenever you doubt, become pessimistic or lack the certainty that your vision is going to be a reality, you will stop doing the work. And if you stop and start all the time, is there any wonder why you haven’t been successful?
Decide to be certain with your vision, if you beginning to doubt, stop and consciously decide to remain committed and faithful to the end.
Patience and optimism go together. You must be certain that it will happen and patient to allow the process to take you there.
Improving your physique requires you to focus on the work that needs to be done today. The thing about the word work is that it can be associated with long, dreadful activities but it’s not. To work means that when you’re engaged in any activity, do it with your absolute best effort that you can give in that moment. It’s to remove your mind from the past and the future and center it in the present moment.
Whatever you do, do it with your best effort and be satisfied with it. Some days you’ll have real positive outcomes and some days you’ll be flat. That’s just the way it is, so don’t worry about it. Just do your best in the moment and you can be assured that it will all work out in the end.
The last attitude you need to have wrapped like a blanket is compassion. Don’t be hard on yourself, be kind to any mistakes that you make. I’d always tell my clients that every slip-up or mistake that you make is educational and should be treated as such. The health and fitness industry has put it into our minds that we must be perfect every day. What a stupid message. You run your own unique race, no one has your body, your life experience and spiritual DNA.
When you’re hard on yourself, do you think it will make you any better? No, no, no, no! If you go off the rails for a week or didn’t stick to your plan for a meal, your whole journey isn’t over nor has that activity shut you out of “physique heaven”. Just carry on. There are days ahead remember!
What attitude do you feel you need more of on your journey and which attitude have you mastered? Leave your comment below and if you liked this post please share it.