The other day I came across this quote:
“If you want transformation without the inconvenience, then what you will get is the convenience without the transformation.”
This is by Claire Rother, a Psychologist – she is on IG, worth following her for mindset matters.
Food for thought, right?
This made me realise that, often we can get comfortable with our uncomfortabilities and do nothing to change it.
It’s just human nature and we are all guilty of it.
But… we are missing out!
On fun, on health, on living life to the fullest.
Mindset is a big deal!
Our mind can be our worse enemy at times.
It often talks us out of going for something we really want to achieve because we know it isn’t going to be easy and we let our mind win.
Can I share a personal story about mindset?
Last Sunday, it was a cold, crispy sunny day, here, where I live by the sea.
I was out with my man, we went for a walk in the woods – my favourite thing to do.
After that, we drove along the sea side.
The water was clear and clearly very cold too (it’s the north sea, its always cold!).
As a joke, my man said: ‘fancy a dip?’
My mind instantly shouted, “NO WAY it’s freaking cold” (About 7 degrees celsius)
I listened to that shout/voice and I said/thought ‘Thanks for your opinion.’
Then, I looked into my man’s eyes and I shouted…
(see video below)
There were 2 main factors that made me say yes.
One, was the fact that I’ve been working on my mindset and challenging myself to go for things that I usually wouldn’t do because of fear or may be uncomfortable physically or emotionally – I must report that I have only benefited from this approach.
The second factor was that it has been proved that submerging the body in very cold water has many health benefits (mentally and physically) from boosting our immune system, getting rid of inflamation in the body to considerably decreasing anxiety and stress levels.
(Fun fact: many pop starts submerge themselves in icy tubs behind the stage when performing to big audiences, during the breaks).
Most importantly, I did it because I’m determined to step out of my comfort zone.
I’m a great believer in that there is no growth (or fun) in living in comfort – I’ve proved it to myself many times.
Yes, I was cold, yes, it was so very uncomfortable but I reaped the benefits.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my comfort…
So much so that after going into the sea I went home and sat in front of the woodburner crochetting away.
And that was pure bliss (mentally and physically).
First, because that dip felt so good in the body (afterwards) and secondly it felt good in the mind, I felt strong and I was proud of myself for winning over my mind.
Many years ago I heard this song by M People called ‘What have you done today to make you feel proud’.
That sentence is always playing in my mind and it helps me to always strive to do something each day that will make me feel proud – it is often on a personal level like taking the time to exercise.
Living isn’t easy, it takes courage.
But we aren’t born with courage… we build and practice it, day after day.
And working on our mindset is the key to courage.
Realise that YOU ARE IN CONTROL!
Sending you courage for a braver and fullest life!
You are worth it and the world needs you.
I also wanted to let you know that my BETTER POSTURE for a BETTER LIFE online exercise programme is NOW OPEN for a few days.
If you have been thinking that its time to put a stop to those aches & pains, discomfort in your body or address that roundness in your back then don’t miss this opportunity – I only open it once a year!