When enough is enough and it’s time to change, you’re either running away from the darkness or running toward the light.
You’re either moving away from something negative or moving toward something positive.
Most people start their health and fitness journey thinking about the bad.
- They’re tired of emotional eating.
- They’re unhappy with their weight.
- They’re miserable at their lack of self-confidence.
- They hate feeling tired and lethargic all the time.
- They’re terrified about their poor level of health…
That’s all pretty heavy stuff!
If you can identify with one of those examples, maybe you’ll be able to recognise the dread or shame or guilt or frustration that’s associated with it. The dark unpleasant feelings that creep up on you whenever you think about it.
Now in order to change and make progress, one really has to dig into those reasons for change. It can be rather uncomfortable and unsustainable if you’re only thinking about the negative all the time.
For most people, they can’t do this for too long and end up giving up in order to protect themselves from those feelings. It’s just too unpleasant.
But what if you ran towards the light instead? What if you focused more on the positive?
I’m not talking about being an optimist or ignoring your problems. I’m talking about visualising and building a “bright future” for yourself that brings you joy to think about rather than pain.
Think about it for a second, how might you feel when:
- You no longer struggle with emotional eating?
- You’re happy with your weight?
- You’re feeling confident, sexy, and self-loved?
- You’re energetic and youthful?
- You’re at peace of mind that your health is good and well?
How will you feel? What will you be able to do? What kind of person will you finally be?
Sure, you might still have to address your emotional eating, weight, confidence, energy, and health, but you’ll be doing it for all of the right reasons.
A great exercise to help you with this is The 5 Whys.
We do this with every single client in the Sleekgeek Coaching Program, plus a few other exercises, to help them build a bright future that they can run enthusiastically towards and live for.
If you’re feeling like you’re in a bit of a slump, I’d highly recommend taking yourself through the 5 Whys exercise and watch how your initial reasons for change evolve from being darker and more short-term goals to being brighter long-term goals that are worth building a healthy lifestyle to achieve.