It was one of THOSE mornings. Didn't have a particularly restful night (though I was exhausted) - and woke up feeling "el groucho", or just plain grouchy in plain English. And it had nothing to do with my daily routine, or exercise program - just good old life making it's presence felt. Ho hum.
You all know the type of feeling I'm referring to - feeling depressed and down, not being able to progress despite trying out heart out, job woes, and so forth. The list goes on and on, and yet, there is not much we can do to change these things. I mean that's life - it'll happen every so often.
But, there ARE some things you can do to feel better - and throw life's curveballs right back at it. Exercise is one very potent weapon you can use - especially the routines I teach in Fast and Furious Fitness, but there's more to it than just hard, balls-to-the-wall kind of exercise.
Anyway, back to what I was telling you - so today was supposed to be my rest day from exercise. Yet, I knew there was no way I could get through the day feeling the way I was, so I figured I'd get my workout in anyway. There's different type of workouts you can do so you don't end up doing a real tough one right after you've done one the previous day - see Fast and Furious Fitness for more on that.
The problem was though, I just wasn't feeling UP to exercising this morning. And it had nothing to do with my sore muscles, or the fact it was a rest day - my brain was just in the "down in the dumps" mood, and nothing was going to change it.
But I've always emphasized that your brain does what YOU tell it to do, not the other way around. And what I did this morning was I simply sat down for a while in a darkened room, turned off the phone (YES, this can be done for a short while!) and simply visualized for ten minutes. I thought about what sort of life I wanted to have, about what sort of life I have NOW - and what I can be thankful for - and all the good that is GOING TO HAPPEN in my life in the near future. And after 10 minutes, I felt much better.
Headed straight out to workout after that - and the rest is history (1000 more jumps consigned to the "history" bin amongst other things). And I'm ready to tackle the rest of my day now.
Now, I realize that what I just said may sound like words straight out of a monk or yogi's mouth - but I'm not asking you to meditate on one leg in the Himalayas for years. But, listen to me now and believe me later - this is a powerful, powerful technique indeed - that when practiced correctly can literally DRAW good into your life. And I'm sharing today's experience with you to show that YES, this technique DOES work.
I cover many more such powerful thought processes (and how to harness them) in Fast and Furious Fitness - these techniques will not only help propel you to greater levels of fitness - and stay there - but they can also impact all aspects of your life positively - provided you LET them do so.
Anyway, I'm buzzing on all cylinders now. Time to get down to business for the day!
PS: Remember - it all starts with THINKING positively. You first FEEL good - then you automatically DO good - and then you WILL FEEL BETTER - and your life WILL change for the better!