Friday, August 07, 2009
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
How is your attitude this morning? Are you ready to have a great day?
As we work to make our days consistently brighter, we learn the "tools" it takes for us to have a great day. Each of us has triggers that help us to make the most of our day. Our triggers might include getting up on time, having a healthy breakfast, having time to write an affirmation or read a positive book. Think through the tasks you normally do that help get your day off to a good start.
Think about your "good days," "medium days," and "average days." Which days are most enjoyable and productive for you? Odds are it is the "good days" that help you make progress toward creating the life you desire. The first key ingredient to a "good day" is the right mental attitude. Likewise, the major component in reaching a goal (as today's quote states) is the right mental attitude. Realize that taking the time to "program yourself" for a great day with a great attitude is important. It is never something to be neglected.
While reading this, thoughts that come to my mind. This also affects how our daily workout is going to be. On your good days when you wake up in the morning, everything is going great, and you are full of energy; you will have the perfect workout. Don't you think to yourself why can't I feel this way everyday. All you can think about is working out. You are not focusing on the rest of your day.
Think about what makes those days for you. We all know it is difficult to feel this way every day. But we can try too. If you don't clear your mind and focus on task at hand, you will not give it everything you have. Which in turn will show in results down the road. Pause a second before starting your workout. Focus & tell yourself your going to "BRING IT".
Have a workout!
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
How important it is to recognize that both motivation and habit are needed as we seek to change and improve our lives. Motivation is the spark that often gets us moving. But within that initial motivation, we must work hard to develop positive and effective habits to keep us moving. Success is made from both motivation and habits, not one or the other.
In order to sustain a high-level of motivation while giving us time to create new habits, we must stay positive and solution oriented. It is also helpful to communicate with others who are making changes in their lives and use their excitement as a springboard for our own.
Does your plan for change contain equal parts motivation and excitement? If not, brainstorm ways to create more of whichever quality is needed.
Monday, August 03, 2009
As we go about our day-to-day business of living, we can take "staying awake" one step further. During our waking hours, we must be "awake and present" to all that life is offering. Every moment has something to offer but the moment can greet us if we are preoccupied, distracted or thinking of something else. In order to find the magic in a moment, we have to stay in the moment.
Lose yourself in the moment at hand instead of contemplating the moment to come. When you play a game with a child, don't think about what you need to do after the game. Instead, jump into the game, absorb it, laugh, be fully present. When having a conversation with someone, listen with your heart and mind versus thinking about what is around the corner or what will be said next. Becoming more attentive, moment to moment, is one of the quickest ways to a more joyful heart and rich life.
While reading this, it reminded me of what was mentioned in the previous blog. Before pressing "play", focus on your workout. Forget about everything else that is going on in your life. Don't think about what you have to do after the workout. Give it your full dedication. After you finish, go on with your day.
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Disclaimer: Super_Gurl this is not at all pointed towards you or anyone else for that matter.
I copied this conversation off of facebook that took place between a P90X graduate and Tony Horton. This provides a different perspective on what to focus on and to expect from the P90X program and any exercise program.
P90X graduate said,
"Very frustrated. I have almost completed my second round of p90x. I have two more weeks left. I have not seen any more results via abs, arms and chest. I eat just like the book says."
Tony Horton reply,
Tell him I said that when he focuses on his looks, his looks won't change in a predetermined time frame. If he focuses on getting better, stronger, more flexible, etc., his body will change at the speed it's supposed to change. Everyone is different. For some the physical appearance we long for happens in 90 days. For others (me included) it takes much longer. Getting frustrated because we don't like the "look" we want when we think we should have it, is stupid. Instead of frustration about looks, his attitude should be... Do My Best And Forget The Rest ~ For The Rest Of My Life.
I wanted to post this for the team because it does provide a valuable lesson. When we have new members join our team, I try to set the expectation right then. Don't view this program as just a 90 day program. View this as the beginning to your life long health journey. When you reach your 90 days, your health journey just doesn't stop. You are still at the beginning stages. This should start the roots of eating healthy and exercising daily. It is amazing to me how many people on SP train for triathlon's. I think that is pretty awesome.
Another point I want to make for those people that exercising is not their career. Before you press play, focus on your workout. Forget about everything else "Do Your BEST & Forget the Rest." Give the workout your full dedication for 60 or 90 minutes. After you are done, go on with your day and allow your body to recover.
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