Last week we spoke about telling yourself “this feels good” during an intense exercise and how that greatly changes your perception of difficulty or discomfort. One of the most impactful shifts in the last few years of my life has been learning to adjust my outlook to see the truth rather than just an emotional response. I have been learning to see trials and challenges as opportunities for success, growth, learning and massive upgrades. Now I am learning to apply this re-shaping of perspective to as many parts of life as possible. One of the most successful recent applications that I am really stoked about has come in regards to healthy eating and proper weight maintenance.
Your brain operates most effectively with pictures or imagery. It does not understand “negative” words (no, not, never, etc). What this means is that when you say to yourself something like, “I am never getting fat” or “I will not get injured”, your brain simply sees “I am fat” and “I will get injured”…or even simpler, “fat” and “injured”. Not great imagery!
I have been working a lot lately with my athletes on re-shaping their mental (and spoken) imagery. Your body will naturally gravitate toward whatever pictures you repeatedly place before it. It is even said that the ancient Spartans who are know for their legendary physical strength and beauty would place statues and images of their great warriors (men and women) in front of their children so they had a desirable example to follow and imitate.
So let’s apply this to proper weight maintenance and enjoying healthy foods. What I often hear from people trying to create a shift in their lives is something like this: “I am trying to lose weight” or “I never get to eat any treats”. I would like to suggest a more appropriate image to access daily. Something like this:
“RELEASING WEIGHT” or “GETTING LEANER”
“Missing out on fun foods”
“I THOROUGHLY ENJOY EATING HEALTHY AND FEELING GREAT!”
Maybe your perspective could sound something like this…“I am having a blast eating healthy and getting leaner”…sounds pretty good, right?
So try this out this week. Assess what negative images and thoughts you might be repeating to yourself regularly and see if you can replace them with an appropriate truthful image. Remember your brain understands pictures. So the more descriptive words you can add, the better you will be able to “absorb” it.
You are made to have an abundance of energy every day.
You are lean and healthy and durable.
You are bold like a lion.
You are getting stronger and healthier every single day of your life!
Living a passionate, vibrant, colorful, energetic life,