We spend so much of our day doing things and being busy, sometimes we don’t get around to just being present. But it is important. If I walk into the gym and pick up my weights, but never really connect with what I am doing, all I get is a strength workout. Nothing wrong with that, but there is more.
Think of a time when you picked up your weights and started working out. There is often a flood of thoughts that come with that. Things like:
I don’t have any balance.
I am not strong.
This would be so different if I had started years ago.
I’ll never lose this weight.
When this happens, it is important to understand that these thoughts exist in you all the time. You have just done something out of your comfort zone, which triggers them to come up. So now here they are, and right in the middle of a workout.
I understand that they can make you feel less confident about your workout, and even criticized. But here is where you have to access your focus and courage, because these thoughts are not truth. They are just thoughts. It is time to pull them out by the root and plant better seeds.
What if, every time you heard, “I don’t have any balance” you stated confidently, “I have great balance!”
Or for every, “I am not strong” you spoke with conviction, “I certainly AM strong”.
“I should have done this years ago” becomes “I am so proud of myself for doing this now.”
The lie, “I’ll never lose this weight” can be dismantled with “I am going to lose this weight.”
That is your priority; your most important assignment. The bicep curls are important, and so are the squats. But the life changing thing about exercise is it brings you to the present moment. You feel your biceps. You feel your legs. You hear your thoughts. And you get to decide if those thoughts are true.
I did the Columbus half marathon yesterday and as soon as I started to move, I heard all kinds of chatter from this head of mine. “You’re too slow. You’re too old. If you would stop eating ice cream, you wouldn’t have all this jiggle. You could be faster if you were more dedicated. What are you doing out here?” But I know this one. I know there is nothing true about any of this. So instead of cranking up my iPod to escape the tsunami of lies, I become fully present with them. I know this is the moment of healing.
I invite the truth. What is the truth? We’re never too slow. We’re never too old. We’re doing great! If being out here is an expression of your authentic self, then you absolutely belong out here. Right now. In this moment. And you are no longer at the mercy of the old lies of never enough, never good enough. You are enough. You always have been. Just because you are you.