What’s the difference between failures and lessons? To me, they are very similar and both rooted, ultimately, in failure. The key difference is turning a failure into a lesson. You see, you can either let failures stop you in your tracks OR you can take note of what didn’t work, why it didn’t work, and change your approach or plan.
We all get this one opportunity to live our very best life. When we don’t grow, love, take care of ourselves, and live to our potential, we are squandering this one amazing opportunity we’ve been granted. Comfort, fear, and scarcity rob us of what’s possible unless we consciously choose otherwise. I bring this to you today because what humans on their deathbed know is that REGRET is the most damaging thing.
Positive thinking is our default when we want to improve an area of our lives. We journal, recite affirmations, and work to build our positive thoughts. However, positive thinking implies that we accept our own thoughts as truth. You can attach a particular meaning to anything but that doesn’t mean it’s real. We have to also acknowledge that things only have meaning because we give them meaning. For example, just because you’ve fallen off the wagon in your fitness and nutrition dozens of times doesn’t mean that you’re incapable of success. But that’s the meaning most people give it.
As you’re probably aware, most people jump on and off of the fitness wagon many times throughout their lives. If I told you that committing to ONE thing could change all of that yo-yo-ing, would you do it? If you want to have a body that takes care of you and that you love for life, you need to do this one thing. And that is aim for A COMMITTED YEAR.
Here at Movimento Fitness, we’ve most often seen TIME cited as the biggest challenge for people around sticking to a fitness and nutrition program. But you see, time as the obstacle is simply a myth. I get that you are busy. So is the rest of the world. And every person thinks they are simply the busiest one. So, why is it that some people are able to make time for health and fitness and others are not? Simply put, it’s an issue of priority. It takes no more time to consume a healthy meal than an unhealthy one. And it takes simple rearrangement, scheduling, and commitment to make fitness happen.
Ok – are you ready for this? This is so crazy! Research shows that what you believe to be TRUE about foods largely determines how foods affect your body. There was a study done where two groups of participants were given the SAME milkshake, but one group was told that it was ‘a 620 calorie indulgent shake’ while the other group was told it was a ‘120 calorie diet shake.’ The result was mind-blowing.
“They” say nothing good in life comes without effort, and I absolutely believe this to be true. Whether you want a successful career, a happy marriage, good kids, or a lean and healthy body, you’ve got to put in the work! There’s just no way around it. Sometimes it will feel like getting fit is a struggle. It’s hours that you “don’t have,” it’s money you’d rather spend elsewhere, or maybe it’s even pressure from your family to be home or judgement/commentary that your friends present regarding your dedication to health.
As long as humans have been in existence, being part of a tribe has been crucial. Originally it was important for survival, as groups can protect one another and navigate challenges with much more ease than a single person. In fact, many species of animals run in tribes. But because we no longer fear attacks by wild animals, natural disasters, and starvation, tribes have come to play a different role in our lives. However, they still serve similar purposes like protection and support…or at least they should.
If you’ve ever been on a powerful mission to get healthier, eat better, and be consistent with your exercise routine, you may have noticed that certain friends and family aren’t in love with your new-found dedication. And it’s not because they don’t love you. It’s because it’s hard for them to see you change. Maybe they think you won’t be able to have as much fun because you’ll stop being as social. Maybe they’re irritated by your refusal to eat something they just baked. Maybe they’re upset that you declined Saturday morning mimosas in favor of hitting the gym. I’m here to tell you that this is normal, that you can’t give into the pressure, and to help you understand why this is happening.
I can’t quite remember where I heard it, but somewhere I once heard someone say that their deepest desire in life is to not leave an ounce of potential behind when they’re gone. It made me re-evaluate how I live in each major area of my life – health/fitness, relationships, business, finance, and much more. It still helps me focus on constant improvement in each area. It’s important to consider the legacy you will leave behind. How do you want to be remembered?