I have spoken to three different people today that have said something along the lines of “Can’t wait until the weekend! Just two more days until I have some time off work.” Sound like someone you know?
That always intrigued me. As if they were forced to be there. Well, maybe on some level they are. I bet you they are living in a world of ‘have to’ (you know, ‘I have to do this awful job, I have to pay my mortgage’) and they just sound like total victims to me.
I think a lot of people don’t realize their true potential and they tend to settle.
Maybe that has a lot to do with self-esteem, maybe it doesn’t. But for the sake of this article, let’s assume it plays a major role in the decision to grow, prosper, etc.
Dr. Nathaniel Branden always said that self esteem is the greatest predictor of success in life and that self esteem begins at the physical level. Whether you feel vibrant or in shape affects your whole self-concept.
There is absolutely an equation here between the mind, body, and spirit. As a fitness professional, I won’t sit here and pretend to blow your mind and change your spirit. Nor is it my place to attempt to. But I can certainly assist with your body (health and fitness) goals.
I’ve found over the years in my own life and in the lives of the clients I’ve worked with that when the body is the first thing to change, the chance for success in all aspects of life is drastically increased. Body-neglect brings the other two things way down.
Most people will try to do it the other way around. They’ll wait until they feel like moving. They’ve got to get their mind right before they exercise. Or they have to have the right spirit and then they will dance, or run, or lift weights. And that’s why we’re in such an epidemic of obesity. Because their bodies wait for inspiration instead of just diving in. Lead with the body and amazing things will happen.
If you are so consumed by your lack of self esteem then you’re leading with your mind and your spirit. And it’s sad really. Because most people don’t understand that toxic levels of stress erode the connections of the nerves in the brain and that chronic depression can shrink certain areas of the brain. Yet conversely, by leading with the body, exercise unleashes neurochemicals and growth factors that reverse that process. #yourbodyisrad.
Bottom line: Do something that takes care of that temple of yours called your body, because without it nothing else happens.
If I can help you connect your mind, body, and spirit in any way, don’t hesitate to contact me through the form below.
To Your mind/body/spirit connection,
Matt Fetters, Manager
The Training Spot