By Samantha Fox Olson
Caution: Content in this article will transform your body.
The other day I was making some lame excuse as to why I wasn’t getting what I wanted, when I wanted it. Thankfully, a friend called me out. I was scared to change.
Empowering! Why? Because this is the first step out of mediocre and into awesome. And you were designed to be epic. So let’s relate this to health and fitness because it’ll transform your body.
I often coach women on this mindset topic. I’m a yoga and fitness instructor, with clients from all over the globe. There is a common thread of excuses right now. And if you are aware of your thoughts, you will hear these defeating buggahs creeping into your head too. We all have some of this running at one time or another.
These thoughts will rob you of the body that lives in your wildest, most joyous dreams: “It works for everyone else but me,” “I can’t afford it,” “I am too old,” “My body hurts,” “I don’t have the time,” and “It’s too hard.”
Do these excuses sound familiar? If you are out of shape and not living in a body that feels good, you may have at least one of those excuses running.
But again, the mind is a tricky little thing. And we don’t always see those thoughts for exactly what they are – excuses.
Instead, we call them “really good reasons” why we are not enjoying the bliss of having a body that handles like a brand new Ferrari. We are unconsciously trading our sports car in for a clunker. Basically, because it feels easier in the moment.
Another excuse out there is “vanity.” Come on, people! Having a body that is in shape may look hot, but it feels good too. No – it feels great!
But there is good news. We do have choice and we can take our power back. Here’s how:
Step 1: Awareness. Actually hearing those voices is a huge step. Because many of us have this recording subconsciously going all day long.
Step two: Form a new belief, a new perspective. The universe is going to help you prove to be true whatever belief – or excuse, or idea, or goal – you have in place.
Tell yourself, “My body is capable of anything I put my conscious mind and loving heart into.” Start living with this belief instead of the excuse and see what shows up for you.
Step 3: Take action. Follow the inspiration; it will show up all over the place once you’re open to it. Then move.
I am catching myself right and left with where my thoughts and perspectives are not serving me. I am choosing to change that in the most profound ways ever! Because step one, seeing this for what it is, is potent.
We are so powerful! We have choices! What voices are puppeteering you through this wild and crazy life?
If sculpting a dream body (one that looks and feels amazing) is something your heart truly desires, stop letting your ego float your boat and get your spirit sailing your ship.
You’ve got this! Once you change your thoughts, anything is possible. Even a smoking hot body that purrs when you spring out of bed each morning and handles all day long.
Samantha Fox Olson is a fitness and yoga trainer on Kaua‘i. Growing up she battled with bulimia. Today, her relationship with her body has transformed, and she is passionate about inspiring other women. Visit http://kauaiyogaandfitness.com