I realized early in life that my health is a privilege I am willing to invest in every single day. I’ve taught my body to train in an almost meditative manner, where my focus is complete. It is not always like that, and I don’t work out when I’m sick. But when I’m healthy, I follow my plan — because I know that in the big picture, every drop of sweat and effort I spend toward my health and well-being is worth it. That is the reality.
It’s a process I’ve developed partly through focus and repetition, repetition, repetition. One day at a time, one week at a time, and one month at a time. You can do it too. In this post I’m going to share an exercise that can help you down this path by starting to create new habits right now, this Thanksgiving week.
We can’t all look like Jennifer Garner — but we can get AMAZING results by doing the best we can with what we have. The closer to reality you live, the closer you’ll be to motivation and results, because these are born of feeling the strength that comes from really facing your reality and just trying.
Try this exercise as a Thanksgiving gift to yourself:
1. Choose a destination.
A favorite saying of mine is, “If you don’t know where you are going, you will end up somewhere completely different.” Where do you want to go and why? Whether it’s a dress size or getting healthy enough to play ball with the kids, set a goal, make it realistic, and ask for help if you need it.
2. Focus ALL your attention.
Practice focusing on what you are doing in this present moment. If you are working out, outside or inside a gym, give it ALL of your attention. If you are speaking with your lover, give him or her ALL of your mindful attention.
Repetition is the mother of a new habit. It gives amazing results to mindfully repeat thoughts and movement patterns. Repeat a pattern every morning for four weeks, and see what happens. Do a few breathing exercises right when you wake up, while you are still sitting on your bed. Visualize what your day is going to be like, and give yourself a big SMILE in the mirror.
I also recommend being silly — as often as possible!
Invite YOU to come out and Live Loud!