When you close your eyes, what do you see about yourself?
When I recommitted myself to my fitness journey a couple years ago, I had some body issues I had to work through. When I came to the realization that I didn’t like where I was at physically, I also noticed that I didn’t like the way I felt! The more that the discipline to work out became more consistent, a bigger picture developed about what I needed the discipline to teach me. The more I did it, the more she became clear to me. On the other side of every victory was that girl.
That girl. Her. The one that’s uber confident and certain of herself in every way. She sticks to her routine because it’s what keeps her on her A-game. She is business savvy, a real leader, and abounding in love and compassion.
Being victorious in my exercise showed me that I was preparing myself to handle all the obligations of my purpose that she could. “She” being my future self. Listen, we all have a purpose and a mission in life. However, no matter how big or small your influence, you need the strength and endurance to handle that calling. Whether you are switching states, problem-solving audits from your couch, or just keeping up with your kids, you need the energy to handle your responsibilities. You need your immune system to be strong in order to have longevity in whatever you are committed to doing.
I’ve figured out that fitness allows you to be your best from the inside out.
No lie, I was paying attention to my physical being. But I got more out of it than just my reflection being a better representation of what I wanted to see. I was able to conquer my day before it started.
Does your motivation to tackle goals and challenges die off after a certain time? Mine would. My passive habits weren’t helping me in life. And there, in the moment of my last set as I felt I had no more, I realized the need to find some push from somewhere. The moment I had more to give when I felt nothing, was the moment that girl would have something to give from in the future.
Let me explain.
Pushing myself during workouts showed me how I could push myself in work, or my own personal goals and desires. Instead of letting my fatigue get the best of me, that was the time to really kick it up a notch. I needed to develop a new habit because that girl was depending on me to develop it. Where I may have stopped short before in life, I could tell myself keep moving. When I wanted to quit, I knew I had what it took to push through now. I learned to tell myself I could do it, instead of being negative from the jump. I gained discipline from committing myself every morning. I was taking what I was achieving in the weight room into the rooms of life I had to walk in. I see my fitness time now as time to develop myself personally into that woman I envision myself to be. Some of it was physical, but for me, a lot of it was more mental.
Yes you can.
You got this.
You’re the best.
These are things I learned to tell myself. Not because they were great affirmations that others told me I should say, but I had lived it in my workouts. Activity I thought would break me, I overcame. Because I overcame today, that girl can overcome in the future because I’ve seen myself do it. I train my body in the way it should go. This is where the discipline, consistency, and extra reps step in as assurance to who I am and always have been.
I encourage you to begin to look at your workouts differently. They are more than fitness sessions. They are molding you for how you approach life. What can you gain from it mentally and emotionally? How will it get you closer to your dreams? It has to reach beyond your physical goals to keep you going. Once you reach your physical goal, what is left? To become the embodiment of all that you imagine yourself to be.
You’ve made it this far, don’t stop now.
Be the girl you know you are destined to be.
It starts in the habits you are building today.
Envision and Become that girl.