Yes, you read that correctly. Let me explain...
I was listening to a podcast where Tom Ziglar (son of motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar) was explaining this quote:
It made sense to me, but in a more esoteric way. I wasn't totally sure how it applies to my life. Then Tom told the following story.
So today, we are going to talk about how NASCAR will make you a happier and healthier person.
It's so common when we try to make any changes or are going through a difficult situation to focus on what can't have or can't do. We fixate on the pizza or spend all day dreading how difficult the workout is going to be.
I've had multiple people this past week ask me what my favorite "cheat meal" is. I thought it was an odd question because it's not something I ever think about and I wasn't sure how to answer. I just don't focus on what I "shouldn't" eat.
When I was paying off my debt, I found other things to keep me busy besides going shopping. I unsubscribed from most of my "shopping" emails and other mediums that fed my mind with frivolous "needs".
If ALL you think about is how you really want ice cream but you are trying to eat better and "can't eat ice cream", you may be able to fight the temptation for some period of time, but you will never move beyond it. You will never start to actually crave healthy food.
If you ALL you think about is how much you want that new pair of sneakers but know you need to put that money toward your debt, you will feel deprived instead of excited about your future debt freedom.
If you spend the entire workout thinking how difficult it is and that you'll never make it through, well then guess what? You might as well pack up your mat and go home. You might make it through, but you won't get the most out of it because you will be moderating your effort.
You end up doing or becoming what you focus on. Set your sights on what you aspire to be or do.
- Think about how nourishing and energizing your healthy lunch or dinner is. Think about how it's going to fuel your day and move you closer to your goals.
- If you're paying off debt or saving for a house, spend your time focusing on ways to expedite that goal instead of complaining about what you can't buy.
- During the workout, focus on how strong and fit you are becoming. Think about how each difficult rep or lap is creating positive change in your body.
Read and listen to things that move you to be a better version of yourself. Feed your mind and your appetite fall in line.
Make sure you look at where you want to go!
I wish I was clever enough to think of an appropriate Ricky Bobby quote to end with, but I've got nothing. Leave me a comment if you do!
Have a great week!