If you want to know “THE SECRET” to getting out of your comfort zone so you can finally be more consistent with your health then keep reading. You get inspired to workout and eventually join a gym. It gets exciting up until your doubts creep in. ”What if people judge me?” ”What if I am not doing it right?” ”What if it doesn’t work?” ”What will my friends think?” ”What will my family think?” ”What if I embarrass myself?” All these negative thoughts will creep in your mind before you want to make a change. Why?... It is because your mind evolved to help you survive. Fear is set in our DNA so we don’t go jumping off cliffs. We are supposed to be scared of things we aren’t familiar with. This keeps us alive. However, times have changed. We need to get out of our comfort zone in order to “thrive” and not just “survive”.
The tricky part is to know the difference when we are actually in danger or if you are just making excuses to justify why you shouldn’t do it.
Here is the secret. Are you ready? You have to stay in the space between your comfort zone and the discomfort zone. Let me explain. So let’s say Joe wants to start working out so he decided to take up running in the morning. Joe can run for 5 minutes straight without blinking an eye, it is easy for him. If he goes from 5 minutes to 30 minutes of non-stop running, in his mind that would be too difficult and it will be less likely for him to follow through with his plan. So he decides that he will just add another 2 minutes which will total to 7 minutes of non-stop running, in his mind, he is motivated to do it. The task is not too hard but not too easy which lets him sit in that level between comfort and discomfort. In that zone, Joe will be able to adhere to his progressions. Being at that level will always allow you to move forward and grow because your movement will always challenge and motivate you to achieve them. There is a second part to this. So you have probably heard the story about the two wolves you feed every day. These 2 wolves are courage and doubt. Every day we project how our day is going to go in our minds. It is either going to go well or it’s not. The outcome of our day is actually in our control.
I will give you another story. In this story, there are these twins and their father was an alcoholic. So they both grew up being exposed to their old man’s behavior. Years later one twin grows up becoming an alcoholic just like his father and when he got asked “what happened?” He answered with “I watched my father”. Now the other twin has never had a drop of alcohol in his life and got asked the same question. His answer was also “I watched my father”.
The point I am trying to make is that if you see your future in a bad light and all you think about are the what if’s then you are feeding the doubt wolf. You are practicing what could go bad. Your brain is really good at giving you answers. Remember those “what ifs” at the beginning of this blog. Well, your brain will give you the right answers to those questions. ”What if people judge me?”. The answer might be “They are judging me because of all the shameful decisions I made to be in this situation which makes me feel like I do not deserve to be healthy”. Now you see how those thoughts will hold you back from taking massive action? So what is the solution? The answer will not sound sexy and may even disappoint you but it’s “Practice”. Practice imagining your day going well. Going the way you want it to. How would you feel if every day was a great day? How would you feel if you become consistent with your fitness goal and are seeing the results you wanted? What kind of compliments would you get? Will you have the confidence to finally talk to that special someone? What kind of impact will it make on your life? You see, you’ve got to ask the right questions. Bad questions breed bad answers but great questions breed great answers.
Here are 5 things you can do to stay optimistic. 1️⃣Get quality sleep - You’ve probably heard it many times but this is number one. Your brain will just be focused on surviving if you do not let it recover. Give your brain time to rest so it will work in your favor. 2️⃣Move during a funk - You’ve probably tried to fight your negative thoughts with more thoughts which did not work. The fastest way to get out of your head is to get into your body. Go for a walk, a jog, a run, or workout. 3️⃣Read an uplifting book - Sometimes you need a helping hand. Borrow someone else’s positive thoughts when you do not have the energy to come up with your own. 4️⃣Read success stories - Go to your heroes. Chances are someone who has been where you were and has solved the problems you are facing. The internet is filled with these stories, you just have to find them. 5️⃣Change your social circle - Why I mean by this is, you know those friends that make you feel good just by being around them. They lift you up and encourage you to be your best? Spend more time with them. Those who don’t, spend less time with them. This is what it means to change your lifestyle. Create the environment so that will help you reach your destination. These are the things that you have not been told. Sure you can follow a fitness program and reach your goal but what about after? Things usually go back to the way it was and you know this. You have tried and quit many times because you did not know that there is more to this than what you see over the internet. If you want things to change then you have to be willing to change things. Please share this blog to anyone that feels needs to read this to create a positive change in their life. I also want to offer you a hand. If you are serious about making a permanent change then I would like to invite you to take our 7-Day free trial of our PRO WELLNESS PROGRAM. If you are still struggling with getting into your best physical and mental shape then click on this link. If you want to stop going on different diet plans and want to develop effective fitness habits to reach your goal and maintain it then this your opportunity. See you on the inside.