Steps to Win the AM: pt. 1-Grattitude

What life looks like for us is largely a product of our daily habits. Often it’s these seemingly insignificant, routine, and mundane decisions that actually lead to improved or declining health. Physical health depends on mental and emotional health. For instance, anger or resentment have been shown to inhibit male testosterone levels. Here is a video where Dr. Josh Axe talks about that https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tdlZw7XcKRc&t=189s.

Too many in the fitness space believe health is all about diet and exercise. This is criminal to those who depend on us for valuable insight because we mislead clients when we claim it’s only one of those two things. Diet and exercise are important yes, but they aren’t the only aspect of our being that we should be trying to optimize.

Structure your day in a way that allows you to maximize every moment you have. This starts by starting off on the right foot which begins at least 8 hours before you wake. More on that in coming blogs. This blog focuses on a mission-critical first step that sets the tone for the rest of your day. It will allow you to see what happens to you as something that actually happens for you. Realizing that the resistance you feel like exercise is what strengthens you. The obstacles placed in our paths are what grow us. No challenge, no change. No change, no growth. Appreciate the resistance felt in circumstances and people by starting your day in this way. Start it with gratitude.

Wake up with An Attitude of Gratitude

-Never fails. The alarm clock goes off and some of us hit the snooze for 5 or 10 minutes more of shut eye. Why? We will get to that in a upcoming blog post, but don’t hit the snooze. Get up. Wake and even fake if you have to at first, gratitude. In our brains we have a mechanism called the reticular activating system (RAS). Have you ever bought a new car only to suddenly realize just how many cars are out there similar to yours? Did everyone buy that car when you did? Most certainly not. That is your RAS recognizing familiarity. It is programmed to see in the world what you see or think about most. If you see bad all around you, you will see more of that. If you see good all around you, you will see more of that. It has less to do with what is actually there and more to do what you perceive to be. If you wake up with dread as negativity clouds your mindset about the stressful day ahead, you will see that all day long in everything and everywhere. Contrast that to waking with gratitude. If you train your mind to see what great things you have been blessed with, you will see more of that all day long. Now it is a training process no different than training your body so it’s okay if you slip up and react negatively. Forgive yourself as you recognize it, reflect on what triggered that reaction, and next time, be in a position to anticipate it. Maybe it’s traffic on your morning commute or a co-worker who always has something “smart” to say. Realize that what you get from this life is not as much about another person as much as it’s about you. If you aren’t getting what you want, YOU need to change. Everyone claims to desire change, but it’s rare that we desire to change ourselves. And that’s where the real difference will occur. In your relationships: if you aren’t happy, it starts with you. What do you need to do to get a different result? We all know the definition of insanity so don’t be crazy and expect others to change if you are unwilling. So when your day starts, pour out what good things you have in this life. Did you wake up in a warm bed? Did you have a roof over your head? Do you get to have breakfast before you head out of the door? Do you have a semi-reliable car to get you to work? Do you have a job? If you answer yes to any of these, then you are in a better situation than a large percentage of the world’s population.

Be grateful and see what that does to your quality of life in a relatively short period of time. I encourage you to journal these things. Commit to 5-10 things before your feet hit the floor. No matter what happens to you or should I say, “for you” in this life, counting your blessings will enable you to see everything through a lens of positivity. By doing this, no challenge you face (job change, divorce, weight loss journey etc) will be impossible.

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