Just so you know, I’ve been going through ALL of the comments on the blog from last week regarding your weight loss challenges and i’ll be posting a BIG video response by Wednesday for you.
In the meantime, I want to take this chance to give you some “Monday Motivation”.
Did you know that human beings are elastic?
I’m not suggesting that you’re an elastic band. What I am implying though is that we can bounce back from anything.
One definition of “elastic” (from physics) is the “reversible deformation of a material”. For instance, when you stretch a piece of rubber, it usually returns to its original state, right?
The same thing happens with our muscles. In most cases, even though we may stretch, our muscles eventually return to their natural length.
But more interesting that our muscles is the human spirit.
Have you ever seen the movie Batman Begins?
In it, Bruce Wayne (aka. Batman) gets his mansion burned to the ground by the villains.
Bruce is knocked unconscious during this “heist” only to saved by his trust butler – Alfred.
Upon waking the following day, Bruce is dejected and ready to throw in the towel. He had been up against so much and was ready to call it quits.
But then Alfred says something absolutely inspiring. Do you remember what he said?
Here it is:
“Bruce, why do fall down? So we can get back up!”
So simple, yet so profound.
You can look at that statement any way you like but I’m sure there have been times in your life when you’ve been knocked down or felt like giving up.
Maybe it was after working so hard in the gym and not seeing the results you’ve wanted to see?
Or maybe it was eating really healthy for several days or weeks only to end up going on a “bender” over the weekend, then criticizing yourself for not being “perfect”?
The point is that there are so many times in life when things won’t happen as you expect them to.
A perfect example is the recent launch of our Fitter Than the Pros project. This was a project that I spent hundreds of hours working on over the past year. And I had HUGE expectations for it.
I thought it would be something that EVERYONE needed and wanted.
But I was wrong.
We may have done 5% of what I had projected. And sure I could have laid in bed for days and cried the blues or felt sorry for myself.
But I didn’t.
After all, how would that have served me?
Plus, the feedback that customers were giving us about FTTP was amazing, so that was great. I knew (and still know) that it’s a program that can help a ton of people take their lives to the next level!
The important thing to remember is that life happens.
But it’s the meaning you give to any particular situation that determines your reality.
For instance, 2 people experience the exact same event. Why is it that they come out of it with different feelings or opinions about what happened?
It’s all relative. It’s all about the meaning you give something.
And that’s why it’s important to be resilient (elastic, if you will) and realize that nothing will hold you back from your dreams – unless you allow it to.
One of the most common issues people have is the need for perfection. Myself included.
We want our diet to perfect and, if it’s not, then we’ve given ourselves an excuse to eat whatever we want because “what’s the point, right?”
The point is this…
We must always strive for perfection knowing full-well that we will never achieve it!
The best we can hope for is excellence because perfection is a pipe dream.
When you allow yourself to be human, to err, and to be ok with that you will have an easier time bouncing back from hardship and moving on.
So take Alfred’s advice and “get back up!”
Let’s make this week a great one!
Your friend and coach,