One of the most important and indeed most telling reasons a lot of folks are unable to or don’t get to their fitness goals – or life goals – or goals in general isn’t just that they don’t “just do the thing”.
While Emerson correctly stated that “Do the thing, and you shall have the power” – there is more to it behind that.
It isn’t so much WHAT you do – as HOW you do it – and the BELIEF – and FAITH behind the actual doing!
I don’t know if you’ve read “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles. It’s an excellent read, and it matters NOT if you’re interested in getting rich or not – the points covered in there hold true for achieving any goal you have – and one of the things, and indeed the MAIN thing he emphasizes throughout the course is it’s about doing things – a certain WAY – as opposed to doing “certain” things.
There is a difference, my friend!
Unless your actions are backed up by positive thoughts and BELIEF – and FAITH in that belief, then you’ll likely not achieve whatever goal you are looking to achieve – at least not in the way you would like – if at all.
Napoleon Hill, the greatest (in my own opinion) self help author penned an entire chapter on Faith in “Think and Grow Rich“, and what he has to say is as applicable to fitness as it is getting rich.
“Faith is the starting point of all riches”, he says, and goes on to explain that OPEN MINDEDNESS is imperative for the state of mind known as belief to be omnipresent in one.
Closed minds, as Hill correctly puts it, do not inspire faith, courage and belief.
Truer words were never spoken, my friend.
This morning I was speaking to a lady who claimed that certain “different” proclivities in the bedroom (if you get my drift, hehe, I’m keeping this PG rates) – was “weird”.
Not anything to jump up and down about, of course, but the CLOSED MIND behind the comment was on display for all …
You hear the same thing in terms of those who rail against same sex marriage, for instance – and when asked for LOGICAL answers as to why acts of “passion” or “love” between consenting adults should be outlawed, you get nothing but vague responses.
“It’s not normal”, they chime.
Well, what IS normal, I ask – a question that when “probed” stymies even the most closed mind of them all.
In terms of fitness, the very idea that you can get fit – super fit – without weights and machines – and gym memberships – and treadmills – and long slow distance cardio is sacrilege to most.
Its not surprising of course – most of us, if not all of us have been brought up to believe that the above are the only ways to get – and stay fit – and any other way doesn’t work.
As Claude Bristol says in the Magic of Believing …
Repetition of the same chant, the same affirmations, the same incantations, leads to belief, and once that belief becomes a deep seated conviction things begin to happen.
He goes on to state that belief can be used for GOOD as well as BAD purposes – and what I’m saying about fitness above is one of the pointless purposes that serve no-one except the businesses that own the gym.
‘Tis a fact, Jack, but most gym goers are unhappy with the way they look – a fact that you cannot say is true for dedicated bodyweight practitioners in general.
Not only that – most gym memberships lie unused for the most part – gathering dust – resources that would have been better off used in other regards (for the most part, anyway).
But again, it all comes down to changing that erroneous BELIEF.
And an OPEN MIND is imperative here!
Without an open mind, nothing in your life will really change, my friend – fitness results included.
When I was 120 kgs, and obese (to put it lightly), NO-ONE – I repeat, NO-ONE, including my most ardent well wishers would have punted on the fact I’d get myself down to 60 kgs shortly thereafter.
I did though – – and despite what I actually did in terms of working out – the belief behind what I did was what caused this “miracle” to manifest, my friend.
As Dr Maxwell Maltz clearly states in Psycho Cybernetics, it matters not how many folks you have chanting your name in the bleachers – if YOU yourself aren’t present.
Conversely, it matters NOT if NO-ONE except you is backing you.
‘Tis true – – YOU, my friend have to have that belief and BACK YOURSELF to achieve the seemingly impossible – and that just wont happen without an open mind – in any regard!
So if there is one takeaway from today’s post – it is this – keep “thy” mind open, my friend.
Keep an open mind – back yourself – and go out there and just do it.
Watch the results roll down the PIKE!
P.S. – Repetition is the only real way of developing belief in any regard, and my weight loss journey was no different. And I’ve mentioned an example – or two, or more, I believe of this in the System – and in the 10 Commandments of Training Success – – here is where you can read all about it – – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/