NEWSFLASH! It’s time to THINK POSITIVE!
Change begins with thinking in a different way. We hold the power in our own mind to make the changes that need to happen.
We must begin to think positive, and to trust that great things are in our future. Next, we must erase the negative thoughts that plague our minds. You know the kinds of thoughts that I’m talking about; the ones that play all too often:
“Here we go again, you remember what happened the last time you tried a new workout plan?”
“Why even bother? You know that you won’t be able to stick with it.”
“Go ahead, quit, you know you don’t have what it takes.”
“I just can’t help being overweight, my metabolism is messed up!”
“I’ll never be able to look like I want to look, so why even try”
We need to replace those negative thoughts with positive thinking and stop being our own worst enemy. Let’s make the mindful decision to focus forward on a new beginning.
Whatever happened to:
“You can do it.”
“You have what it takes.”
“You are a winner!”
“Keep keeping on.”
“You’ve got this!”
Aren’t you ready to embrace an active lifestyle of health and strength? Then get started and embrace it and consider it yours. The truth is we all have within us the power to change. We have the potential to accomplish much more than we give ourselves credit. That’s right, regardless of our age, genetics, or body type; we have what it takes to succeed! But we must believe it before we achieve it.
“Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies.” –Frank Gillette Burgess
Have you ever thought about the fact that our bodies tell a piece of our life story? We must realize that we get but one body in life to manage for a lifetime. The choices we make every day concerning our bodies shape and sculpt that “work of art” into the image that we have created.
In order to change our body, the first thing we must change is our minds. The mind is a very powerful thing! It controls all the cravings, and the choices, either good or bad that have gotten us to the point that we are right now.
Many of us have daily habits that enslave us and do little more than suck the life out of us. We want to change, but deep down we are holding onto these habits because that’s all we know. We need to see the big picture of how life could be different.
Think about your situation for a moment. Take responsibility. Stop blaming. Aren’t we the ones making the choices that have gotten us where we are? We determine our success or failure. Not our parents, not our friends, not our co-workers. We can choose to be our own best friend or we can be our own worst enemy.
Realize that there is no better time to embrace a healthy lifestyle than now. Remember that we are the only ones who can choose to change the old ways. Often the main difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is simply the decision to make a change and the ability to follow through.
Bottom line: Only one person is accountable for making the necessary changes, and that someone is you! You can embrace a mindset that will change your total outlook on life, or you can always do what you’ve always done and always get what you’ve always gotten! Let’s manage our body in a way that tells a happier, healthier story.
“The patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life. Don’t take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.” Quentin Regestein
Going to the doctor is okay as we need to seek medical attention to treat sickness. But that is merely a “reactive” approach to when we encounter a problem with our health.
The World Health Organization says that we are to embrace a proactive, not a reactive solution to being healthy. They call it, “Preventive, curative and palliative interventions.” This means it is not just our doctor’s job to make us healthy.
Bottom line, it is our personal responsibility to pursue a healthy lifestyle. It is high time for us to realize that it’s not the job of our spouse, friend, or neighbor to motivate us toward health. The responsibility lies with each of us to learn how to take care of the body that is given to us. It is ours to manage for a lifetime.
Where to begin? Let’s start by getting our minds around the kind of changes we want to attain with our bodies. The sculptor creates his work of art in his mind before even touching the workable clay. We can do the same with changes that we want to make.
Take a deep breath and be still for a few minutes. Begin to get that visual in your mind of what you want your strong, healthy and energetic body to look like. Close your eyes and keep them closed until you have the clear, attainable picture in your mind.
Begin to make a list of 5 goals that are important to you, and begin to think about some baby steps toward those goals.
Remember, we will change our body when we change our mind; and not until then.
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