I get the same response when I say anything about working out. "It is wonderful how you love to workout."
I am using this post to set things straight! No, I really hate housework with a passion and really don't LOVE working out.
I am happy I give that illusion but a magician I am not!!!!!
I like the house to be neat and orderly. I like it when I feel I am doing my best to workout my heart and tone my body. Enjoying the outcome versus doing the work are two different things and I give myself a good amount of pep talks every week. I wish I could say there is a magical trick or fairy wand but I cannot. It takes lots of Mental Pep Talks daily!
My husband, sister and I signed up for a 5K race in Atlanta this coming Sunday. My sister and I did it two years ago but this will be my husbands first race. Nine months ago he would not have been able to endure such a goal. He had arthritis in his knees, he was slightly over weight. It took a total mindset and lots of mental pep talks to guide him to a trainer and a good diet with clean supplements and he has lost 33 pounds and is in his best shape ever.
Our minds tend to go to familiar because it is easier than training ourselves to do the hard stuff.
Watching him the past few months has made me work on changing my mental dialogue. Instead of procrastinating while scrolling social media reminding myself how I NEED to workout I now say I WANT to work out and use social media as my treat when done. Balance is the reward of hard work but it all requires lots of mental pep talks.
I am incredibly grateful that Kevin knew it was necessary to shift his mental dialogue to work on getting in shape. We both turn 60 this Summer and it is scary. I have learned to create a North Star in my mind and inside are all those I love and a list of things I still want to do. On the days when I don't feel like doing the hard stuff I have a nice chat with myself and look up at my star. Knowing they want me around as long as possible makes me WANT to get the hard stuff in every single day. For me to enjoy spending time with all of you I need to keep up with the clutter on a daily basis. I on a daily basis work on removing the negative mind conversation that keep me stuck in the old behavior and replace them with mental pep talks.
When I spend time with friends or loved ones but have clutter and pain inside me it distracts from the joy. When I take the time to do the hard stuff first my life feels easier. I challenge you to take a moment to have a mental pep talk with yourself right this second while it is fresh on your mind. Close your eyes and think of all those people you love and the things you have left to do. What hard thing will you do every day to keep that star shining bright?
Every one of us has special things to fill our North Star but clutter makes us forget. It does not require a fairy wand to get there but just a few mental pep talks.
You now know my magic trick of creating an illusion of LOVING the HARD stuff. It is your turn to be the magician in your life and start creating your North Star. Every thought in that bright star wants you to succeed. I encourage you to take the hard steps. I promise distractions will not stop you! You will run a race you never in a million years thought you could and your friends will love how you effortlessly perform all that HARD stuff too.
Let the magic begin!