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Monday, January 21, 2008

New Found Friends

"Use your weaknesses; aspire to the strength."
-Sir Laurence Olivier

I am going to turn my focus for a second on our mental attributes. As a trainer, I don't feel it is right to just focus on the physical parts of a person...the mental/emotional side are extremely important when shaping and building a strong foundation of the body. You can not only focus on the physical and ignore the mental, and many people will attempt to pick one part over the other. THE MIND is a powerful tool and if not trained like the physical part, it can backfire on you, and it will prevent you from succeeding or reaching any goals you may set. For example, say a person wants to lose 10 pounds...physically they are ready for action but mentally> they doubt themselves/deep down they don't think they can do it/they have negative thoughts... The sad thing is that more than likely this person will not be able to reach their goals because their mind has taken control of the situation.

I bought this book in California and absolutely love it...the main focus is believing in your dreams/or what you want to fulfill in life. When setting goals/dreams you never want to use the word BUT...YOU JUST DO IT! Do not allow anything to come in the way of your vision. You have all the tools necessary to succeed and be successful in your journey. There is a chapter in this book that caught my attention and I want to share it with you because we all have experienced some time or another in our life these so called, NEW FOUND FRIENDS.

Fear, guilt, unworthiness, hurt feelings, anger, and discouragement are really our friends.
When you are feeling any of these things in a negative way and you are using these feelings to limit yourself...you must pause for a moment and remember these important points:
1) Fear is the energy to do our best in a new situation.
2) Guilt is the energy for personal change.
3) Unworthiness keeps us on track.
4) Hurt Feelings reminds us how much we care.
5) Anger is the energy for change.
6) Discouragement reveals our courage.

Love it all- the fear, the excitement, the guilt, the power of change, the unworthiness, the worthiness, the hurt feelings, the euphoric feelings, the anger, the movement, the discouragement, the encouragement- it's called LIFE!

Do It: P. McWilliams (1994) p.137-139

5 comments:

Amber said...

First of all, let me just say I am already feeling the effects of your leg workout session today. Since my office is upstairs, I was literally juggling items in my hands (coffee, water, bowl of soup, and computer bag) just so I didn't have to make any unnecessary trips down & up the stairs b/c my legs were so stiff. That was earlier today. Doon was laughing at me a minute ago b/c I could barely crawl up the stairs now that I have been sitting around. I'm really not looking forward to going back down. I asked for it though! Awesome workout today, and I may have not loved every minute of it at the time, but I am lovin' it now. Your "Anger" point is what normally drives me to a higher level in my workouts that I never before thought possible. "Guilt" is what I feel when I go through a 1/2 a carton of ice cream b/c I have worked so hard and I know how bad it sets me back from my goals. Not that I have done this lately.....:)
Thank you so much for always being an inspiration, helping us to mentally keep our long-term goals and not get hung-up on the "now". It has taken me a long time to get where I am now, mentally and physically. When I look back on when I first starting working out with you, I wanted instant results, just like everyone else. But to be honest, I don't think I will ever be satisfied with my level of strength and endurance. Once you meet your goals, you have to make new ones. And, like you recently told me, you never want to be satisfied with your body b/c then you will never know what you are capable of. I am so glad you started your blog b/c it gives me something to refer to when I need inspiration. You are a wonderful trainer, not only b/c you help us achieve our goals, but also b/c you treat our goals as if they are your own. Keep bringing the pain, and I will let you know if I can even walk tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

I think I'll just hold on to my guilt.

DOFITNESS said...

Amber-
First of all, you had an amazing workout today...always remember that I put things in front of you that I know that you can handle no matter how difficult it may be. You have shown such a committment over time and as a trainer it is so exciting to see you grow as person and as an athlete. The workout today was very, very difficult but I just knew you would finish and knew you could handle it...no matter how challenging it was. You will continue to progress and yes you are absolutely correct...I am on this journey with you. I want all of my clients to succeed and to be the best that they can be. I WILL NEVER STOP BELIEVING IN ANY OF YOU. Good Job Today and Keep Striving and Believing What You Are Capable Of!

DOFITNESS said...

To My Anonymous-
I will never stop believing in you. I told somebody the other day, I WILL NEVER STOP BELIEVING IN YOU. As I have always said to you, YOU HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO DO IT ALL! YOU HAVE SO MANY GIFTS AND I TRULY KNOW WHAT LIVES INSIDE YOU. Always know that

Meredith said...

All those New Found Friends are true. My guilt about things drives me to make better decisions or improve on what I have slacked. I'd like to know what book that was- it would be a good read and great gift for some!! C u soon for my weekly smackin'!! :) Mere-

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